January 3, 2012
Alarming Challenge Figures for Americans
Approximately 54 million Americans have a physical/mental challenge. This equates to 19% of the population who don’t live in mental facilities. Some barriers for this population: public transport, employment, and education.
There has been good news for the public transport industry in recent years. 98% of buses had wheelchair lifts in 2007. This represents an increase from 62% in 1995.
The job market has been a more difficult hurdle for the physically/mentally challenged community to overcome. 14.5% of this population hasn’t been working. This number is even lower for people who use wheelchairs and walkers as mobility devices to less than 20%.
Education also has low figures regarding people who are physically/mentally challenged. 28% of people who are 25 years or older didn’t graduate from high school. 13% of this same population has a bachelor’s degree or greater form of continuing education.