Signed on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services. Based on the most recent estimate, there are 40.7 million people living with one or more disability in the U.S., representing 12.8% of the population*. Of Georgia residents, 1.3 million people, or 12.9% of the state’s population, have one or more disability.
This week marks the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The maps below represent where people with one or more disability live in the 20-county Atlanta Metro region, broken out by age groups.
* Civilian non-institutionalized population
Americans with Disabilities in the Atlanta Metro Region
Percent of Total Population with a Disability
Percent of Population, under 18 years old, with a Disability
Percent of Population, 18 to 64 years old, with a Disability
Percent of Population, 65 year and older, with a Disability
On Friday, we’ll take a more in-depth look at Americans with Disabilities in the Atlanta Metro region for our weekly Factday. Stay tuned!
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates, 2016
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates, 2012-16