ERIC Number: EJ787054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
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Social and Health Conditions of the Black/African-American Population: The Setting for Children and Adults with Disabilities
Waldman, H. Barry; Perlman, Steven P.; Kucine, Allan J.
Exceptional Parent, v38 n2 p65-67 Feb 2008
The 2000 Census reported that more than 7 million black residents five years and older (almost 24 percent of black persons, compared to 19 percent of the total population) had one or more disabilities. Black and Native American residents share the highest overall estimated disability rate. Based upon the data from the 2000 Census among black children between 5 and 17 years, more than: (1) 90,000 had severe hearing or vision impairment; (2) 117,000 had conditions that limited their basic activities; (3) 405,000 had difficulty learning, remembering or concentrating; and (4) 97,000 had difficulty dressing, bathing or getting around inside the house. This article presents the statistics that represent the conditions in which these black youngsters with disabilities are being raised. This article also presents the impact of these conditions on black youngsters as they reach adulthood.
Descriptors: African American Children, Learning Problems, Health Conditions, Disabilities, African Americans, Child Health, Adults, Public Health, At Risk Persons, Social Influences, Family Environment, Racial Differences, Poverty, Health Insurance, Access to Health Care
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