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Adults with activity limitations were more than 3 times as likely as those without limitations to live in poverty.

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. 

Activity limitations can result in disadvantage:  an unfavorable circumstance or condition that reduces one’s chances of success. Disadvantage is judged by comparison to the norm for similar persons without disability.  Poverty is a common disadvantage associated with activity limitation, whether due to poor education, restricted employment options, or the limitations themselves.

  •  Adults with activity limitations were more than 3 times as likely to live in poverty as those with no limitations. 
  • Even among employed adults, those with activity limitations were almost twice as likely as those without limitations to live in poverty.
  • Among adults who were not in the labor force, those with 1 or more activity limitations were also twice as likely as those with no limitations to live in poverty.