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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.