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Disabled During Working Years

Most adults with disabilities are in their working (not their elderly) years.

According to the 1990 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), among the civilian non-institutionalized population, 20,266,000 adults in their working years (18-64) and 15,413,000 elderly persons (65+) reported a disability. (Adler)

Disability rates were lower for the working-age (13.7 percent) than for the elderly (49 percent), but the enormous size of the World War II "baby boom" resulted in large numbers of people aged 18-64 with disabilities.

Few recent disability data sources exist on ages 18-64 and fewer still on specific disabling conditions or impairments. No reliable national estimates exist on many disabling conditions (i.e. mental retardation or other developmental disabilities).

Conditions/impairments resulting in disability for the 18-64 year age span can begin in childhood (i.e. mental retardation, cerebral palsy), emerge in early or middle adulthood (i.e. schizophrenia), or appear before age 65, but be associated with aging (i.e. arthritis). (LaPlante) Thus, there is a great deal of variation in disabling conditions/impairments among the working-age population--more so than among children or the elderly. Yet, too often, the working-age disabled population is viewed as a single homogeneous group.

Policies and interventions can affect different condition/impairment groups in diverse, unintended, ways. Federal program eligibility criteria and services sometimes differ by conditions and impairments (i.e. eligibility criteria for legally blind persons are more lenient in SSI and SSDI).

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HHS online article.

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