Special Needs Initiative

Special needs initiative

Our Initiative is to be strong advocates for the special needs community, our show will shed light on the hero's and the organizations that have dedicated their life to helping those in need. 

According to the American Community Survey (ACS) the overall rate of people with disabilities in the US population in 2015 was 12.6%. • The percent of people with disabilities varies greatly by state, as do levels of people with disabilities in employment, poverty, earnings, and health behaviors. • The percentage of people with disabilities in the US population rose from 11.9% in 2010 to 12.6% in 2013, 2014, and 2015. • The state with the lowest percentage of people with disabilities in 2015 was Utah at 9.9%; the state with the highest percentage of people with disabilities, West Virginia, was almost twice as high with a percentage of 19.4% • Rates of disability increase with age. In the US in 2015, less than 1.0% of the under 5 years old population had a disability. For those ages 5-17, the rate was 5.4%. For ages 18-64, the rate was 10.5%. For people ages 65 and older, 35.4% had a disability. • In 2015, of the US population with disabilities, over half (51.1%) were people in the working Delete repeated word of 18-64, while 41.2% were 65 and older. Disability in children and youth accounted for only 7.2% (ages 5-17) and 0.4% (under 5 years old). • All disability types (hearing, vision, cognitive, ambulatory, self-care, and independent living) have increases in disability percentages with age; cognitive disabilities show the least change between age groups. • In 2015, 34.9% of people with disabilities in the US ages 18-64 living in the community were employed compared to 76.0% for people without disabilities - a gap of 41.1 percentage points. • The employment gap between those with a disability and those without has widened steadily over the past 8 years from 38.8 to 41.1 percentage points. • There is state variation in the rates of employment for people with disabilities, from a high of 57.1% in Wyoming to a low of 25.4% in West Virginia; for people without disabilities, state employment rates ranged from a high of 83.8% in Minnesota to a low of 70.1% in Mississippi. • In thirty states, the employment percentage gap between those with a disability and those without was 40 percentage points or greater; only three states showed an employment percentage gap less than 33.3 percentage points. • Employment rates vary by type of disability. Employment rates are highest for people with hearing (51.0%) and vision disabilities (41.8%) and lowest for people with self-care (15.6%) and independent living disabilities (16.4%).