Disability employment by the numbers

With the baby-boomer generation retiring, people with disabilities are now the largest untapped labor source, and their unemployment rate is higher than the broader population.

In 2017

of people with a disabilities were employed…

…while the employment rate for people without disabilities was


Social and Business Impact

People with disabilities in the United States have an annual discretionary spending power of $220 billion—and that doesn’t even take into account the spending power of their family, friends and supporters.

of consumers said that they “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that they would prefer to give their business to companies that employ people with disabilities.

A significant portion of a company’s existing workforce will experience a disability during their employment.

20% Mid-forties
of workers will experience a disability that lasts a year or more during their professional lives, and that rate accelerates when employees pass their mid-forties.

Disabilities in America

U.S. map

The approximate number of people with disabilities in the United States:

The approximate percentage of U.S. families that have at least one member with a disability:

The approximate percentage of U.S. families that have at least one child with a disability:

1 in 5
…people in this country with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning and attention issues
Among them: Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, Barbara Corcoran and perhaps someone in your own family!

  1. Source: Diversity, Inc.;
  2. Source: US Census Bureau;
  3. Source: US Census Data;