Disabilities make it harder to do normal daily activities. They may limit what you can do physically or mentally, or they can affect your senses. Disability doesn't mean unable, and it isn't a sickness. Most people with disabilities can - and do - work, play, learn, and enjoy full, healthy lives. Mobility aids and assistive devices can make daily tasks easier.
About one in every five people in the United States has a disability. Some people are born with one. Others have them as a result of an illness or injury. Some people develop them as they age. Almost all of us will have a disability at some point in our lives.
Department of Health and Human Services
- Two Measures of Heart Health May Hint at Seniors' Independence (08/31/2015, HealthDay)
- 25 Million U.S. Adults Struggle with Daily Pain (08/18/2015, HealthDay)
- 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Has a Physical, Mental Disability (07/30/2015, HealthDay)
- Marriage Advice for Parents of Children With Special Needs (Nemours Foundation) Available in Spanish
- AgrAbility: Frequently Asked Questions (Department of Agriculture)
- Communicating with and about People with Disabilities (Office of Disability Employment Policy)
- Disability and Health (World Health Organization) Available in Spanish
- Disability and Obesity (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Available in Spanish
- Grooming, Bathing and Safety Tips (Amputee Coalition of America)
- Individuals with Access and Functional Needs (Department of Homeland Security)
- JAMA Patient Page: Assessing Disability (American Medical Association) - PDF
- Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions (Transportation Security Administration)
Statistics and Research
- CDC Vital Signs: Adults with Disabilities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Available in Spanish
- Percentage of People with at Least One Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Limitation (Department of Health and Human Services)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Disabled Persons (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Health Care for Americans with Disabilities--25 Years after the ADA.
- Article: Visual Impairment of Korean Population: Prevalence and Impact on Mental...
- Article: Dimensions Underlying Measures of Disability, Personal Factors, and Health Status...
- Disabilities -- see more articles
- Disability evaluation -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- AAAs/ Title VI Agencies (Area Agencies on Aging) (National Association of Area Agencies on Aging)
Finance and Policy
- Accommodation Information by Disability (Office of Disability Employment Policy)
- Americans with Disabilities Act - ADA Home Page (Department of Justice)
- Benefits for Children with Disabilities (Social Security Administration) Available in Spanish
- Benefits for People with Disabilities (Social Security Administration)
- Categories of Disability under IDEA Law (Center for Parent Information and Resources) Available in Spanish
- Guide to Disability Rights Laws (Department of Justice)
- Living and Working with Disabilities: Tax Benefits and Credits (Internal Revenue Service) - PDF Available in Spanish
- Caring for Siblings of Kids With Special Needs (Nemours Foundation)
- Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation) Available in Spanish
- Eldercare at Home: Problems of Daily Living (AGS Foundation for Health in Aging)