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How many people use assistive devices?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that:

  • One in five Americans—about 53 million people—has a disability of some kind.
  • 33 million Americans have a disability that makes it difficult for them to carry out daily activities; some have challenges with everyday activities, such as attending school or going to work, and may need help with their daily care.
  • 2.2 million people in the United States depend on a wheelchair for day-to-day tasks and mobility.
  • 6.5 million people use a cane, a walker, or crutches to assist with their mobility.

Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 11/30/2012