Unless otherwise noted, the data below reflect the authors’ calculations using the Current Population Survey 2021 annual averages and include civilian, non-institutionalized American Indian or Alaska Native adults ages 16-64. We consider a person answering “yes” to any one of the six difficulty questions (hearing difficulty, vision difficulty, cognitive difficulty, ambulatory difficulty, self-care difficulty and independent living difficulty) to have a disability.
Over 500,000 working-age American Indian or Alaska Native adults in the United States have a disability.
57% of working-age American Indian or Alaska Native adults with disabilities are multiracial and/or of Hispanic origin.
American Indian or Alaska Native women and men with disabilities (age 16+) are present in all stages of working life, with the highest numbers among those age 55+.
Approximately 237,000 American Indian or Alaska Native Adults with Disabilities (age 16+) are currently working or want to work.
166,000 disabled American Indian or Alaska Native workers (age 16+) hold wage and salary jobs in the public, for-profit or non-profit sectors, while 22,000 are self-employed.
American Indian or Alaska Native adults with disabilities (age 16+) work in a range of industries, with the largest numbers in education and healthcare. They also hold a variety of occupations, including managerial positions, medical professions, retail, production and teaching.
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American Indian or Alaska Native Adults with Disabilities by Sex and Age – plain text