Report Chronicles State of People With Disabilities in New Hampshire
July 21, 2011
N.H. – More than 11 percent of New Hampshire’s population – about one
person in nine -- reports having a disability, according to a new report
from the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (IOD).
“Facts & Figures: The 2011 Annual Report on Disability in New
Hampshire” presents a comprehensive picture of issues related to
disability in the Granite State.
Among the key findings in the annual report:
11.4 percent, the percentage of people with disabilities in New
Hampshire is greater than that of Massachusetts (11.2 percent) but less
than neighboring states of Vermont (13.6 percent) and Maine (16.1
percent). Nationally, 12 percent of the population reports having a
population with disabilities is diverse across disability type
(hearing, cognitive, self-care, vision, ambulatory, and independent
employment rate of people with disabilities in New Hampshire (39.9
percent) is favorable to the national average (35.3 percent), there is a
40-point gap in the employment rate of people with and without
disabilities in the Granite State.
Hampshire lags behind its New England neighbors and the national
average in terms of the quantity of special education students who spend
at least 80 percent of their time in regular classrooms.
and other forms of research-based data are powerful forms of
information used in policymaking, program evaluation, and advocacy,”
says IOD Director Charles Drum. “Statistics about people with
disabilities and the government programs that serve them are often hard
to find. This report aims to make this data available to a broad
report, which will be published annually, draws on the U.S. Census
Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey as well as reports from
government agencies such as the Social Security Administration. It
examines four topic areas: demographics, education, economic well-being,
and participation in government programs.
addition to “Facts & Figures,” the IOD has produced a shorter
companion publication called “To the Point.” With data-driven facts, it
provides an introduction to the experience of people living with
disabilities in New Hampshire. Both publications are available to
download in a variety of formats at http://iod.unh.edu/Research/nhstats.aspx.
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