Disabilities: how common are they?

Chances are that you have heard of a disability. But what would you define a disability as? Some define a disability as something that is only limited to conditions such as Down Syndrome or Autism. Others may think that a disability is something as common as ADHD, anxiety, or depression. But how common are disparities?


According to The University of Rochester, one of the most common disabilities is ADHD, while the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) states that mobility disorders are most common, affecting 1 in 4 of all adults. But what causes people to get disabilities? According to Rochester, “Structural birth defects are related to a problem with body parts. Functional birth defects are related to a problem with how a body part or body system works.” But how likely are people to get a disability later into life vs being born with one.

Technically, the most common disorder after birth is pregnancy which ends up affecting 22.3 percent of people, but the most common disability contracted upon birth is skelton disorders. These affect 27.3% percent of people. Other studies and reports by the Centers for Disease Control say that the most common disability is trouble walking upstairs. This plays into mobility disorders which do make up a higher percentage of the disability rates.

Humans have a 25% percent chance of contracting a disability after birth, with the most common being mobility disorders. While some think about only the serious disabilities that can occur, there are a lot more things that come into play when studying the overall categories of disabilities.



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