Goal: Develop adequate community and infrastructure support for persons reporting a disability.
Using the American Community Survey, the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (2007-2009), and various federal and state data sets, this measure uses the proportion of persons who reported being limited in any activities because of physical, mental, or emotional problems, or reported that they required use of special equipment (such as a cane, a wheelchair, a special bed, or a special telephone) due to a health problem. The data is from 2007 which provides the most complete numbers. Most of the newer data are estimates based on surveys.
Why This Indicator is Important
Communities that recognize the specific limitations and needs of their citizens are more likely to develop adequate community support services, and are more likely to seek and receive additional state and federal support when necessary. Such communities are more likely to ensure that all citizens have equal access to appropriate and necessary facilities and services.
How Are We Doing?
Saginaw County has a higher percentage of persons with disabilities (18.7%) than Michigan (15.8%). The percentage of Whites (ages 21-64) claiming a disability far outnumber other groups (about 70% in Saginaw County and Michigan), and more women than men claim a disability (3% more in Michigan and 9% more in Saginaw County).
How Can You Have An Impact?
- Support special education programs.
- Work to alleviate social and economic factors that are barriers to disabilities.
- Support community support services for the disabled.
- Advocate for equal opportunities for all community members.