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Date:9/18/2009

National Disability Awareness Month in October highlights millions of lives affected by disabilities in the United States; the CDC reports one in five U.S. adults now has a disability

Belleville, Ill. (Vocus) September 18, 2009 -- More than 13 million Americans between ages 16 and 64 say they have a medical condition that makes it difficult to find a job or remain employed, which is nearly 13 percent higher than two years ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Many more individuals have some level of disability, and October provides an opportunity to highlight their contributions and needs during National Disability Awareness Month. Organizations, including Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation and Medicare services, are helping to draw attention to this month's observance.

Disabilities can result from chronic illness, injury or a combination of conditions affecting individuals. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said more adults -- one in five -- report that they have a disability. The CDC estimates 47.5 million people in the United States have a disability. The incidence of disability increases as people age. A CDC study found that 11 percent of those ages 18 to 44 have a disability. The amount increased to 23.9 percent for ages 45-65, and 51.8 percent for ages 65 and older.

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