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Percentage of persons with disability by age and sex
United States 1994 Survey
Total 15.0 11.938.2
Male 14.4 11.836.9
Female 15.7 12.039.1


Source: United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics, Vital and Health Statistics, Current Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 1994,  Series 10, No. 193 (1995).


Questions used to identify persons with disabilities:

1. Does anyone in the family have serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses?
2. Does anyone in the family have any trouble hearing what is said in a normal conversation?
3. Does X have serious difficulty communicating so that people outside the family understands?
4. Does X have serious difficulty understanding other people when they talk or ask questions?
5. Does X have serious difficulty learning how to do things that most people their age are able to learn?
6. Because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem, does… get help from another person in:
a Bathing and showering?
b Dressing?
c Eating?
d Getting in and out of bed or chairs?
e Using the toilet, including getting to the toilet?
f Getting around inside the home?
7. Because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem, does X get help or supervision from another person with:
a) Preparing his/her own meals?
b) Shopping for personal items?
c) Managing money?
d) Using the telephone?
e) Doing heavy work around the house?
f) Doing light work around the house?
8. Is X frequently depressed or anxious?