The Institute of Disability Statistics and Demographics at the University of New Hampshire’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center recently released the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium for 2014. The Compendium is a web-based tool that gathers all the statistics published by various federal agencies and assembles them together in one tool.

The statistics work to highlight the glaring need that still stands to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. It has long been apparent that individuals with disabilities are employed at much lower rates and live in higher rates of poverty than those individuals without disabilities.

Key findings from this years Compendium include statistics anaylzing the rates of disability increasing with age such as the population ages 18-64, 10.5% had a disability while the population of 65 and older, 36.6% had a disability. The web tool also highlights state variation of the rates of employment for persons with disabilities.

The statistics show the hardships of that individuals with disabilities face while trying to improve wellness, lifestyle and sustainability of living. The hope is to utilize the statistics provided to find opportunities to improve programs, services and policies benefiting the lives of those with disabilities.

The Center’s goal is to support professionals decision making through utilizing existing data and statistics. The Center connects the decision makers with the researchers in hopes that the services systems will work to integrate and improve based on what data is provided.

If you are interested in reading the 2014 Disability Compendium, click here. If you are interested in reading the press release from the Disability Research Center, click here.