The passage of the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) brought with it an increased awareness of the need to monitor the situation of people with disabilities. Perhaps the most important current source of periodic data on the number and characteristics of people with disabilities is the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). The extensive information collected in SIPP makes it posible to relate disability status to a range of other variables including income, employment, health insurance coverage, and the receipt of program benefit.
The estimates in this report are based on data collected in the SIPP during the period October 1994 - January 1995. Data from the 1993 panel were combined with data from the 1992 panel to maximize the size of the sample. The universe for this study excludes people living in institutions. This report updates an earlier report, “Americans With Disabilities: 1991-92”, Series P70-33.