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StatsRRTC Releases Its 2015 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and 2015 Annual Report

February 29, 2016

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC), a project that compiles statistics on disability in the United States, has recently released its 2015 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and the 2015 Disability Statistics Annual Report. These two publications summarize the state of disability in the United States as it relates to a wide variety of relevant factors, including the number of people with disabilities who are employed and the type and quality of health care that they receive. 

The Compendium is a web-based tool that compiles disability statistics already published by various federal agencies together in one place for ease of access. The Compendium discusses employment participation and how many people with disabilities are employed full-time and year-round in the United States, the amount of money that these individuals earn, the health insurance coverage of and health of people with disabilities, and the number of beneficiaries served by Social Security programs that support people with disabilities. This information is invaluable as a resource for advocates and state-level service providers seeking to improve outcomes for people with disabilities. 

The Annual Report summarizes the statistics contained in the Compendium in a more accessible format. Specifically, the Annual Report answers the following questions: (1) How many people with disabilities live in the United States? (2) What is the disability percentage in different age groups? (3) What is the disability percentage for different types of disabilities? (4) To what extent are people with disabilities employed? (5) What are the earnings for people with and without disabilities? (6) What is the poverty percentage for people with and without disabilities? (7) Is disability status associated with percentages of smoking, obesity, and binge drinking? All of these are important questions for the purposes of gauging the overall independence and health of a population.