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Re: WAI: Threat or Menace?

From: Rick Jelliffe <ricko@topologi.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 00:04:44 +1000
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For thinking about business cases for accessibility, here are some statistics.

"About 49 million Americans have a disability. "

"The overall disability rate was 19.4 percent, "

"The overall employment rate for persons 21 to 64 years old was 75.1 percent, but the rate varied by disability status. The employment rate was 80.5 percent among the 117.2 million persons with no disability, 76.0 percent among the 15.0 million persons with a nonsevere disability, and 23.2 percent among the 12.6 million persons with a severe disability. From a different perspective, the percent of all employed persons who had a disability was 13.4 percent (10.6 percent of employed persons had a nonsevere disability, and 2.8 percent had a severe disability). "


I don't believe these figures include color-blindness, which is about 8% of men.  

So there are a lot of disabled people, but they are poor, so it is not a great loss
to ignore them. 

Charles Darwin
Received on Monday, 26 August 2002 10:04:43 UTC

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