Nearly one in five—about 56.7 million—people in the United States have a disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. More than half of them identify their disability as severe.
How does a disability affect a person’s life? What challenges and limitations are part of daily life? More than 15 million adults have difficulty doing housework, using the phone, or preparing meals. Almost 20 million people have difficulty lifting and grasping, which includes lifting a bag of groceries or grasping a glass or a pencil.
People with disabilities are employed at a significantly lower rate than those with no disability—41% compared to 79%, respectively—while the likelihood of persistent poverty is greater. More statistics are available here. Building understanding and communication is the first step in helping people with disabilities.