The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. When working on legislative and other matters relating to persons with disabilities, the Compendium will make finding and using disability statistics easier.

  • Employment Gap
    Employment Gap
    In 2012, the employment rate for individuals with
    disabilities was 31.1 percent.
  • Poverty Rate among Civilians
    Poverty Rate among Civilians
    In 2012 the poverty rate was 29.2 percent for individuals
    with a work limitation and/or a broad disability.
  • Veterans Benefits Administration
    Veterans Benefits Administration
    In the Federal Fiscal Year 2012, the U.S. spent a total of $43 billion
    on compensation and pension benefits paid to veterans with disabilities.
  • Health Insurance Coverage
    Health Insurance Coverage
    The state with the largest percentage of people with disabilities
    without health insurance coverage was Nevada with 26.1 percent.
  • Persons 18 and Over Living in the Community
    Persons 18 and Over Living in the Community
    In 2012, the prevalence of disability
    increased with age in all states.
  • Health Behavior
    Health Behavior
    In 2012, adults with disabilities were less likely to
    binge drink than adults without disabilities.
  • Social Security Disability Insurance
    Social Security Disability Insurance
    In the U.S., from 2010 to 2011, the total number of recipients
    of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) increased 2.5 percent.
  • Medicare
    As of July 1, 2011, the U.S. Medicare program served
    a total of 8,184,538 beneficiaries with disabilities.

About the Compendium

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) facilitates evidence-based decision making in many different service and policy arenas to benefit persons with disabilities, leading to improved social outcomes.

Large quantities of survey data and administrative records related to people with disabilities are collected each year. Yet these data lack continuity and are underutilized, leading to missed opportunities to improve the programs and policies that advance the lives of people with disabilities. Policymakers, program administrators, service providers, researchers, advocates for people with disabilities, and people with disabilities and their families need accessible, valid data/statistics to support their decisions related to policy improvements, program administration, service delivery, protection of civil rights, and major life activities.

The Center’s goal is to support decision making through a variety of integrated research and outreach activities by (a) improving knowledge about and access to existing data, (b) generating the knowledge needed to improve future disability data collection, and (c) strengthening connections between the data from and regarding respondents, researchers, and decision makers. In this way, the Center hopes to support the improvement of service systems that advance the quality of life of people with disabilities.


2014 Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics and Research-to-Policy Roundtable

You are cordially invited to attend the release of the Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics and the Fourth Annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable meeting in Washington, DC. Both events will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd in the Capitol Hill area.


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2014 Disability Compendium

Funding for this project
is made possible by:

The Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, under cooperative agreements H133B080012.

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