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Racial/ethnic group differences in disability persisted even when older adults were excluded from the analyses.

1 in 5 King County adults belongs to the county’s largest minority group – people with disabilities. Membership in this group can change with time and circumstance.  Most adults will have a disability at some point in their lives. 

Averaging telephone survey data from 2007 through 2011, 23% of King County adults said they were limited by a physical, emotional, or mental problem; or had a health problem that required use of equipment such as a cane, wheelchair, special bed, or special telephone.

  • Among adults, disability increased with age. 
  • Asians, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics were less likely than Blacks, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and whites to report disabilities. These differences could not be explained by the relatively younger ages of adults in the first 3 groups. 
  • Women were more likely than men to report disabling conditions.
  • Hispanics who preferred to be interviewed in English were more likely to report disabilities than those whose preferred language was Spanish.