Tuesday, March 29, 2011

6 Statistics to Remind Us How Far We Have to Go

33% = the percentage of persons with disabilities who live in households with annual incomes below $15,000, compared to a rate of 12% for persons without disabilities.

36.9% = the employment rate of working age persons with disabilities in the U.S., compared with 79.7 % for those without a disability.

40% = the school dropout rate for youth with disabilities; more than twice the average of general education students.

73% = the percentage of youth with behavioral/ emotional disabilities who drop out of school and are incarcerated.

$675,000 to $1 million = the lifetime costs of one youth dropping out of high school, according to statistical researchers.

9% = the prevalence of disability among school-age children in the U.S. in 2000, compared to a conservative estimate of 32% within the juvenile justice system.

- Quinton

  • 2000 National Organization on Disabilities/Harris Survey of Americans with Disabilities
  • Disability Status Report, Cornell University 2007
  • NCSET.org
  • Office for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
  • Cohen, 2007
  • Students with Disabilities in Correctional Facilities