Many Virginians live with disabilities. According to the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS), more than 1.8 million Virginians, or nearly a quarter of Virginia’s total population, are either directly affected by disabilities or live with someone who is disabled.
This Numbers Count report finds that working-age Virginians with any disability are
- significantly older (reflecting increasing rates of disability at older ages) and more likely to be black.
- more likely to have low levels of education, be out of the labor force, and rely on public assistance programs for economic support.
- disproportionately distributed throughout the state. The highest working-age disability rates are in parts of the Southwest, Southside, and Valley regions.