Most King County residents with activity limitations were younger than 65.
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.
9 percent of all King County residents reported at least 1 of the 6 types of activity limitations that can lead to disability: ambulation, cognition, independent living, hearing, self-care, and vision. The 6 activity limitations are (listed from least to most common in King County):
- Vision: ‘Is this person blind or does s/he have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses?’
- Self-care: ‘Does this person have difficulty dressing or bathing?’ (asked of age 5+)
- Hearing: ‘Is this person deaf or does s/he have serious difficulty hearing?’
- Independent living: ‘Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping?’ (asked of age 17+)
- Cognition: ‘Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions?’ (asked of age 5+)
- Ambulation: ‘Does this person have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs?’ (asked of age 5+)
Although limitation rates were highest among adults older than 65 …
- … the majority of King County residents with specific activity limitations were adults age 18-64 (52%, or about 94,100 individuals).
- … children and youth made up only a small proportion of residents with limitations (6%, or about 11,200 individuals).
- … the oldest group of adults (age 65+) made up the balance (42%, or about 75,000 individuals).
- See Notes & Sources for data table.
- 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