Profile America: Rehabilitation Awareness

Saturday, September 14th. National Rehabilitation Awareness Week begins tomorrow and runs to the 21st. One of goals of the annual event is to salute the determination of the nation’s residents who confront one or more disabilities as they go about their daily lives.

Credit: Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Another is to say thanks to the thousands of rehabilitation professionals, such as the nation’s 240,000 physical therapists, who help those in need adapt to and overcome their disabilities.

Some 40.7 million people or 12.8 percent of the population, are living with a disability. Sixteen million of them are age 65 and older. Another 13.9 million have difficulty with independent living, or can’t manage it at all.

Profile America is in its 23rd year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online.