Thirty-three years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared December 3rd the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. While the name may be a mouthful, its message is simple: the remarkable achievements of the disabled community deserve to be recognized. Here at Summit Disability Law Group, we have always been dedicated to celebrating and honoring those around us who live with disabilities.
We know that while disabilities are not always visible, they’re always a battle. So today we have a few statistics we’d like to share with you:
- There are 40 million people living with disabilities in the United States. (12.6% of the national population).
- There are 139,000 people living with disabilities in Utah (9.6% of the Utah’s population).
- 3.4 million people living with a disability in the U.S. do not have health coverage.
- 22,500 people living with a disability in Utah do not have health coverage.
- Between 1980 and 2013, the income gap between households with and without disabilities in the U.S. increased 13.5%, even when adjusted for inflation.
These statistics should make us think about how we treat those with disabilities, especially today. We can still make a lot of progress towards total equality for the disabled community around the world. Disabilities are not just something some people happen to deal with; they’re something our family members, neighbors, coworkers, and friends live with. Because nearly 10% of Utah’s population is living with a variety of disabilities, all of us know and love someone who makes International Day of Persons with Disabilities hit close to home. If you or a loved one need help claiming social security benefits, set up your free consultation by filling out the form on the right or by calling us at (801)890-1030.
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*Statistics from Cornell University’s Online Resource for U.S. Disability Statistics.