On December 11, 2013, the Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics was released by the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. The compendium is a publication of statistics about people with disabilities and government programs that serve them and pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies to make finding and using disability statistics easier for advocates, educators, policymakers and other stakeholders.
One section of the compendium is devoted to veterans with disabilities and presents state and national statistics from the US Census Bureau and Veterans Benefits Administration's Annual Benefits Report. The latest data from 2012 indicates that, according to the American Community Survey, there were 889,707 veterans with service-connected disabilities in the U.S. rated at 70 percent or greater. The prevalence rates for veterans with disabilities were highest in Mississippi and Oklahoma and lowest in Virginia. Among veterans with disabilities ages 18 to 64, almost 18 percent live below the poverty line.
The compendium, as well as the Dec. 11 program, can be found at this link along with footage of the Third Annual Research to Policy Roundtable that followed release of the publication. The roundtable featured representatives from the Administration for Community Living, National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Office of Disability Employment Policy discussing initiatives their agencies are taking to promote community integration and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
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