U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 26: Disabilities Act

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

DISABILITIES ACT

Profile AmericaTuesday, July 26th. On this date 26 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act became law. First introduced in Congress in 1988, the goal of the legislation was to guarantee equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public and commercial facilities, employment, transportation, and services at all levels of government. Nearly 57 million Americans — or about 19 percent of the population — have at least one disability. Some 12 million over the age of 15 need assistance with one or more activities of daily living. More than 8 million Americans over age 15 have vision difficulties, and another 7.6 million have impaired hearing. There are 3.6 million Americans using wheelchairs, while another near 31 million have difficulty walking or climbing stairs. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

Sources:
ADA history/accessed 4/29/2016: http://dredf.org/news/publications/the-history-of-the-ada/ 
Americans with disabilities: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2015/cb15-ff10.html

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Audio” in the “Library” pull-down menu). 

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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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