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Data Guide — Disability Status and Types

Disability Status

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked*: “Are you blind or do you have serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses?”; “Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, do you have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions?”; “Do you have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs?”; “Do you have difficulty dressing or bathing?”; and “Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, do you have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping?” Respondents were defined as having any disability if they answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions. Respondents were defined as not having a disability if they answered “No” to all five questions.

Disability Status data available: 2013, 2014 (Maps & Data Tables, State Profiles, Dual Area Profiles).

Disability Types*

Cognitive Disability

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked: “Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, do you have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions?” Respondents were defined as having a cognitive disability if they answered “Yes” to this question.

Cognitive Disability data available: 2013, 2014 (Maps & Data Tables, State Profiles, Dual Area Profiles).

Mobility Disability

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked: “Do you have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs?” Respondents were defined as having a mobility disability if they answered “Yes” to this question.

Mobility Disability data available: 2013, 2014 (Maps & Data Tables, State Profiles, Dual Area Profiles).

Vision Disability

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked: “Are you blind or do you have serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses?” Respondents were defined as having a vision disability if they answered “Yes” to this question.

Vision Disability data available: 2013, 2014 (Maps & Data Tables, State Profiles, Dual Area Profiles).

Self-care Disability

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked: “Do you have difficulty dressing or bathing?” Respondents were defined as having a self-care disability if they answered “Yes” to this question.

Self-care Disability data available: 2013, 2014 (Maps & Data Tables, State Profiles, Dual Area Profiles).

Independent Living Disability

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked: “Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, do you have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping?” Respondents were defined as having an independent living disability if they answered “Yes” to this question.

Independent Living Disability data available: 2013, 2014 (Maps & Data Tables, State Profiles, Dual Area Profiles).



*In 2013 and 2014, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System did not assess deafness or serious difficulty hearing.

 
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