ADA by the Numbers

Submitted by Dana Barton on Tue, 05/28/2019


The number of substantially limiting life activities one must have to be considered a person with a disability. The ADA defines disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This definition is a legal definition, not a medical definition. Therefore, different programs and agencies may use a different definition.


Questions you can ask to identify a Service Animal.

  • Is this a service animal?
  • What task has the animal been trained to perform?


Titles of the ADAThe five titles of the ADA outline the rights of individuals with disabilities and the responsibilities of employers, state and local governments, transportation providers, businesses and non-profit organizations. The titles also delegates enforcement authority to different public agencies.

  • Title I: Employment
  • Title II: State and Local Government
  • Title III: Places of Public Accommodation
  • Title IV: Telecommunications
  • Title V: Miscellaneous


The number of ADA Regional Centers. The ADA National Network provides information, guidance, and training on how to implement the ADA in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.” Each center focuses on their region’s unique needs.


The percentage of people with a disability who have a mobility disability with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs. This information was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The percentage of people with a disability who do not have health insurance in the United States. This is according to the American Community Survey and includes only those individuals who are aged 18-64.


The percentage of the population with a disability, according to the US Census Bureau. This information was released in 2012.


The percentage of Americans with a disability who say they never go online, according to a Pew Research Center Survey.


The number of inches wide (minimum) for an accessible car parking space. A van parking space must be a minimum of 132 inches wide.


The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush.


The number of website accessibility lawsuits in 2018. These lawsuits are alleging that a plaintiff with a disability could not use a website because they are not coded to work with assistive technologies like screen readers. The number of lawsuits increased 177% from 2017 to 2018.


The median income of a person with a disability in the United States. This is in contrast to the median income of $31,865 for people without disabilities. More data on the work and economic factors for people with disabilities can be found through ADA-PARC.


The toll-free number you can use to contact your regional ADA center for answers to your ADA-related questions!

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