Friday, July 24, 2009
Today, Mr. Obama will sign a proclamation celebrating the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the exact date is July 26th for the anniversary).
So while you are eating your anniversary cake, read the statistics below from the U.S. Census Bureau. What? You have no cake? Well, there is a great recipe at the end of this post that will make a relatively healthy, very easy, and very yummy cake. It’s perfect for enlisting the aid of your children, regardless of their level of ability.
41.2 million - Number of people who have some level of disability. They represent 15 percent of the civilian noninstitutionalized population 5 and older.
6 percent of children 5 to 15 have disabilities.
12 percent of people 16 to 64 have disabilities.
41 percent of adults 65 and older have disabilities.
15% - Percentage of females with a disability, compared with 14 percent of males.
11 million - Number of disabled people 6 and older who need personal assistance with everyday activities. This group amounts to 4 percent of people in this age category. These activities include such tasks as getting around inside the home, taking a bath or shower, preparing meals and performing light housework.
3.3 million - Number of people 15 and older who use a wheelchair. Another 10.2 million use an ambulatory aid such as a cane, crutches or walker.
1.8 million - Number of people 15 and older who report being unable to see printed words at all or were blind.
1 million - Number of people 15 and older who reported deafness or being unable to hear conversations at all.
2.5 million - Number of people 15 and older who have some difficulty having their speech understood by others. Of this number, 431,000 were unable to have their speech understood at all.
16.1 million - Number of people with limitations in cognitive functioning, or who have a mental or emotional illness that interferes with daily activities. This group comprises 7 percent of the population 15 and older. This included 8.4 million with one or more problems that interfere with daily activities, such as frequently being depressed or anxious, trouble getting along with others, trouble concentrating and trouble coping with stress.
13.3 million - Number of 16- to 64-year-olds who reported a medical condition that makes it difficult to find a job or remain employed. They comprise 7 percent of the population this age.
46% - Percentage of people 21 to 64 having some type of disability who were employed in the past year. The rate ranged from 75 percent of those with a nonsevere disability to 31 percent with a severe disability. For those without a disability, the employment rate is 84 percent for the same period.
59% - Percent of people 21 to 64 with difficulty hearing that were employed. The corresponding percentage for those with difficulty seeing was 41 percent.
48% - Percentage of people 21 to 64 with a nonsevere disability who work full time. This compares with 63 percent without a disability and 16 percent with a severe disability.
$2,250 - Median monthly earnings for people 21 to 64 with a nonsevere disability. This compares with $2,539 for those with no disability and $1,458 for those with a severe disability.
$2,252 - Median monthly earnings for people 21 to 64 with difficulty hearing. The corresponding figure for those with difficulty seeing was $1,932.
12% - The poverty rate for people 25 to 64 with a nonsevere disability. This compares with 27 percent for those with a severe disability and 9 percent of those without a disability.
$28.2 billion - Amount of compensation veterans received for service-connected disabilities in fiscal year 2007.
98.5% - Percent of transit buses that were ADA lift- or ramp-equipped, as of 2006. This represents an increase from 61.7 percent in 1995.
Pineapple Angelfood Cake
1 package angel food cake mix
1 can crushed pineapple in water -- 20 Ounce Can
1. Combine both ingredients in large bowl.
2. Mix on medium speed with electric mixer.
3. Bake in accordance with cake mix box.
If you cut the cake in eighths the following nutritional information apply:
Fat grams: 0.2
Fiber grams: 0.2
W/W Points: 4
YOU CAN ALSO MAKE IN CUPCAKES (MAKES 24 CUPCAKES) and THE FOLLOWING NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION APPLIES:
Fat grams: 0.1
Fiber grams: 0.1
W/W Points: 1