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King County adults with activity limitations are half as likely as those without limitations to graduate from college.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) led the U.S. Census Bureau to focus its disability questions on 6 common types of limitations likely to require accommodation under the ADA. 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 framed disability as a civil rights issue, noting that having impairments and activity limitations restricted social, economic, and political participation for many people.  Despite large improvements in accommodation and accessibility to education since passage of the ADA, educational attainment among adults with disabilities is still limited.  Compared to adults without activity limitations, those with 1 or more limitations were more likely to terminate their formal education …

  • … before graduating from high school.
  • … after completing a high school degree or equivalency certificate.
  • … after attending some college but before attaining a bachelor’s degree.

Among young adults age 18 to 25, those with an activity limitation were significantly less likely than those without limitations to be enrolled in school (data not shown).