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Statistics You Can Use

Statistics can provide useful information and support your press releases, media interviews, and  more.

Tips to Help Statistics Make Sense

  1. Use statistics carefully.
    It is important to make effective use of the numbers. Statistics in general can be misunderstood and must be handled with caution. Make sure the numbers that you are using make sense to your intended audience.
  2. Be clear about the information you want to present.
    Never attempt to interpret the results of a statistic you don't fully understand.
  3. Use statistics from reliable sources such as federal government agencies or grantees.
  4. Include the reference source for your statistics. The numbers cannot be used with 100% certainty.

Publications from the ADA National Network

Statistics Resources by Topic

General ADA & Disability


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - Disability
    Source: U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
    Web: bls.gov/cps/demographics.htm#disability
  • Data on Youth Employment Rate
    Employment data for youth with and without disabilities is obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) - Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
    Web: dol.gov/odep/categories/youth/youthemployment.htm
  • Disability Employment Statistics - Monthly
    Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) -  Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) - Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Web: dol.gov/odep/topics/DisabilityEmploymentStatistics.htm
  • Employment Status of People with Disabilities
    Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) - Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
    Web: bls.gov/cps/cpsdisability.htm


Medical and Health Care

  • Disability and Health Data System
    Online interactive system that helps quickly translate state-level, disability-specific, data into information that can be used by state health departments, national disability and health organizations, and policymakers.
    Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
    Web: cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/dhds.html

Research - ADA & Disability