1 in 5 People will experience a disability in their lifetime. Click an image to learn their stories.

4 million Americans are currently living with a disability (disabilitystatistics.org)

In the local Dallas/Fort Worth area alone, there are nearly 350,000 people with disabilities.  (2008 United Way Community Needs Assessment)

In 1975 Congress enacted Public Law 94-142, currently known as Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

In 1976 Children with developmental disabilities and other special needs began attending public schools.

In 1990 Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibiting private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities.

Today more than 1 in 10 families in the United States is affected by developmental disabilities.  (2008 United Way Community Needs Assessment)

People with disabilities are twice as likely to drop out of high school and to have inadequate transportation, and are less likely to socialize, eat out, or attend religious services.  (Harris Poll of Americans with Disabilities)

Individuals with severe disabilities have the most difficulty obtaining independent living skills, including social, academic, behavioral management and job skills.  (Harris Poll of Americans with Disabilities)

An estimated 60% of persons with developmental disabilities live with family caregivers, and 25% of these caregivers are age 60 or older stretching state service-delivery systems well beyond residential, vocational and family support services for individuals with developmental disabilities.  (Texas Dept. on Aging and Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities)


The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is 5 to 7 times greater than for the non-disabled depending on the disability type and severity.  Only 25% work year round and full time.  (Census 2000 disability Data for Dallas, Collin, Denton and Rockwall)

3 times as many people with disabilities live in poverty.  (Harris Poll of Americans with Disabilities)