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What are the most common disabilities in the United States?

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2022 | Social Security Disability

Disabilities are more common in the United States than many people realize. The statistics for 2019, for instance, noted that roughly 13.2% of all Americans have a disability.

This is not necessarily spread out evenly across all demographics. While it is certainly possible to have a disability at any age, studies find that this is more common for those who are at a more advanced age. When you look at people who are 75 years of age or older, nearly 50% of them have some type of disability.

When considering your own situation along with these statistics, you may find yourself wondering what the most common types of disabilities are and how people deal with them. The four general categories that are most common are as follows:

  • Mobility
  • Cognition
  • Hearing
  • Vision

These are broad categories, of course, so they encompass many different specific conditions. There are numerous conditions that could limit your mobility, such as an amputation injury or a spinal cord injury. At the same time, there are also individuals who will qualify with more than one disability. Someone could be disabled both cognitively and in terms of mobility. Every case is unique.

How do you seek the benefits that you need?

No matter what type of disability you’re dealing with, you know that it’s having a drastic impact on your life. The Social Security Administration has a system in place to provide assistance to those who have worked and paid into the system. You may qualify for SSD benefits.

If you know that you need this type of financial assistance but you’re not sure where to start, it’s important to begin looking into all of the legal options at your disposal. This can be a complex process, but there are options.