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“On average, people with disabilities have lower employment and earnings; therefore, understanding what assistance
people with disabilities receive may help governments better coordinate
and administer their programs,” said Bernice Boursiquot, a Census
Bureau statistician and co-author of the report.
States west of the Appalachian Mountains had higher rates of disability
among recipients of income-based assistance. In comparison, states in
the Southwest and along the Eastern Seaboard had lower rates. West
Virginia, Kentucky and Arkansas were three of the top five states for
disability prevalence in the total population, as well as in the total
population receiving government assistance. In West Virginia, 26.8
percent of people with disabilities reported having ambulatory
difficulty, defined as severe difficulties walking or climbing stairs.