An Online Resource For Understanding Disability ‘By The Numbers’

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For the last several years there is been a place online where anyone interested can get hard, reliable, revealing data on people with disabilities in the United States. This past March 2022 it got an update.

It’s easy to talk about the supposed size of disability communities and populations — whether they are bigger than people think or smaller than they might want to boast. Everyone has assumptions about what disabled people’s lives are like, and how they must compare to those of people without disabilities. But how does anyone know what they are talking about?

On March 11 and 12, 2022 the University of New Hampshire, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics gave online presentations on the 2021 Annual Report: People with Disabilities In America — a summary of findings in their most recent Annual Disability Statistics Compendium. The compendium and report may be understood as a complete collection of raw numerical charts, and an accompanying shorter selection of charts highlighting some of the Disability Statistics Compendium’s most interesting findings, and tracking them over time. The presentations were free. Video recordings with audio, captions, and Sign Language interpreting are also available to view for free. The project is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.

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