Me, Disabled?

Disability is more common than most realize, and it can happen to anyone, at anytime. Some people are born with a disability. For others, the disability happens because of an illness or accident, or because the person is getting older.

  • According to the United States Census Bureau, over 51 million Americans are classified as disabled. ("Americans With Disabilities: 2002," U.S. Bureau of the Census, May 2006)
  • A disabling injury occurs every two seconds. (National Safety Council, Injury Facts 2004 Ed.)
  • Three in 10 workers entering the work force today will become disabled before retiring. (Social Security Administration, Fact Sheet 2007)
  • Over 6.8 million workers are receiving Social Security Disability benefits, almost half are under age 50. (Social Security Administration, Fact Sheet 2007)
  • Just over 1 in 4 of today's 20 year-olds will become disabled before they retire.*
  • Over 36 million Americans are classified as disabled; about 12% of the total population. More than 50% of those disabled Americans are in their working years, from 18-64.*
  • 8.3 million disabled wage earners, over 5% of U.S. workers, were receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits at the conclusion of March, 2011*
  • In December of 2010, there were over 2.5 million disabled workers in their 20s, 30s, and 40s receiving SSDI benefits.*

*From the Council For Disability Awareness, "Chances of Disability."