National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation Disability, Health Equity & COVID-19

1 in 4 adults in the United States has a disability.

What is a disability?

  • A disability is when a person’s body, mind and/or emotional functions intersect with a physical or social environment.  This results in  limitation in activities or restrictions in full participation for the person.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  data outlines the disability status of U.S. adults. It shows that:

  • 12.0% of adults have a Cognitive Disability
  • 5.9% of adults have a Hearing Disability
  • 12.8% of adults have a Mobility Disability
  • 5.0% of adults have a Vision Disability
  • 3.8% of adults have a Self-care Disability
  • 7.0% of adults have an Independent Living Disability

People with disabilities are  diverse  and have a wide-range of healthcare and support needs.

This infographic highlights the challenges facing the disability community. It shows clear steps that can be taken to support the health and well-being of this community.

Disability, Health Equity & COVID-19  Infographic