Facts and Figures about People with Disabilities in Chicago and the U.S.
U.S.: There are 40.5 million people with disabilities in the United States – approximately 12.6% of the population.
Globally: Around 15% of the world population, nearly 1 billion people, live with some form of disability.
By age in the Chicagoland area:
- 1 percent of children under 5 have disabilities
- 4 percent of children 5 to 17 have disabilities
- 5 percent of people 18 to 34 have disabilities
- 10 percent of people 35 to 64 have disabilities
- 23 percent of people 65 to 74 have disabilities
- 43 percent of adults 75 and older have disabilities
Breakdown by Disability Type in the U.S.
- Mobility – 20.7 million people live with an ambulatory difficulty.
- Blind/Visually Impaired – 7.6 million people report being unable to see or being visually impaired.
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing – 11.5 million people report being unable to hear or having a hearing loss of some sort.
- Cognitive/Developmental - 15.3 million people reported having limitations in cognitive function or have a mental or emotional illness that interferes with daily activities, including those with Alzheimer's disease.
 Statistics based on Cook County.
 2018 World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/health-topics/disability#tab=tab_1