Adults with disabilities – poverty and disability

Poverty And Disability – Adults with disabilities

Poverty and disability are closely knitted and shockingly even after disability acts are put in place, adults with disabilities are most likely to live in poverty than those who are not disabled. 

This evidence still masks important differences in the poverty rate of demographic groups who face added economic hurdles – woman, members of minority groups, people with lower levels of education and assorted age groups.

The poverty rate between people with and without disabilities grows with age – of which 18 to 30 year olds is estimated to be a 21 percent rate for those without disabilities and 32 percent for those who are disabled. The 30 to 45 year olds are found to be the most poor and older adults with disabilities are at a higher percentage. 

Woman with disabilities are more likely to suffer from poverty. The gender and disability disparity when combined, added to poverty rate of 31 percent for woman and 26 percent for men.

People of colour who have a disability or nome at all are notably living in poverty. This racial disparity along with disability results in close to 40 percent of African Americans with disabilities living in poverty. The largest disparity in poverty for those with and without disabilities is whites at 25 and 10 percent respectively.

The poverty rate is highly connected with educational attainment for people with and without disabilities. The poverty rate declines as educational levels increase, but the economic disparity between those with and without disabilities grows as educational levels increase. 

Around 58 percent of African woman and 34 percent of white woman who have less than a high school education and live in poverty.

Millions of adults with disabilities are suffering from poverty. People with disabilities want to work, thrive and be part of economic infrastructure a well as equal rights to a quality education and skills development.

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