Statistics You Can Use
Statistics provide useful information that can support your ADA anniversary press releases, media interviews, and so much more. It is important to make effective use of the numbers that they generate.
Tips to Ensure That Statistics Make Sense
- Use statistics carefully.
The casual audience does not understand statistics in any great depth, while the experienced audience often knows a lot about the subject. Balancing between these two extremes is often difficult, and must be handled with caution. Make sure that the numbers that you are using make sense to your intended audience.
- Be clear about the information you want to present.
Never attempt to interpret the results of a statistic you don't fully understand.
- Use statistics from reliable sources such as federal government agencies or grantees.
- Include the reference source for your statistics.
The numbers cannot be used with 100% certainty.
Finding and Using Disability Statistics:
Publications from the ADA National Network
- Understanding Disability Statistics
- Sources for Employment and Disability Data
Disability Statistic Resources
- Online Resource for U.S. Disability Statistics
- U.S. Census Bureau American Fact Finder
- U.S. Census Bureau Disability Statistics Home Page
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ADA Charges
- U.S. Department of Labor: Finding Facts and Figures: Disability Data Resources
- Employment Status of People with Disabilities from Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Disability and Health Data System
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) developed a new online interactive system that helps quickly translate state-level, disability-specific, data into information that can be used by state health departments, national disability and health organizations, and policymakers.
- Disability Employment Statistics from Bureau of Labor Statistics
These statistics are reported monthly from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Data on Youth Employment Rate from Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employment data for youth with and without disabilities is obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Kessler Foundation/NOD Survey of Employment of Americans with Disabilities [PDF 153 pages,7 MB]
- Annual Disability Statistics Compendium
The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place.