Although having a disability does not imply poor health, 59% of adults in fair or poor health also had a disability.
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.
- Veterans had a higher disability rate than non-veterans. Only for adults younger than 45 do disability rates for veterans and non-veterans begin to converge.
- Survey respondents who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual had a higher rate of disability than did heterosexuals. This difference persisted even when adults older than 65, 45, and 30 years of age were excluded from the analysis. See Notes & Sources for more.
- The strong link between poor health and disability is particularly striking, and extends across all adult age groups, even though having a disability does not imply poor health. A person who is blind or has an amputation or a cognitive limitation can still enjoy excellent health. As a group, however, people with disabilities experience considerably poorer health than those without disabilities. Some disabling conditions such as diabetes or heart disease contribute directly to ill health. Other impairments, such as a paralyzing spinal cord injury, put a person at increased risk for secondary health problems such as urinary tract and pulmonary infections.
- Alcohol: Notes & Sources
- Childhood Health Risks
- Childhood Health Risks: Notes & Sources
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
- Teen Risk & Protection Factors (RPFs)
- Disability: Notes & Sources
- Any Limitations
- Specific Activity Limitations
- Enriching Activities
- Health Insurance
- Infant Mortality
- Obesity / Overweight
- Physical Activity
- Teen Births