- There are approximately 36 million people who have at least one disability, about 12 percent of the total U.S. population.
- Over 16% of people with disabilities are unemployed, almost double the rate of unemployment among people without disabilities. Source: AAPD; US Census Bureau
An individual with a disability is defined as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.*
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), landmark legislation passed in 1990 to bar discrimination in employment against qualified individuals with disabilities, ensures that millions of people with disabilities work in virtually every field and every type of business, allowing for economic self-sufficiency and independence. However, myths and stereotypes about what people with disabilities can and cannot do continue to create barriers to equal employment opportunity.*Go to ADA.gov or AAPD for broader definitions of disabilities.