The Census Bureau numbers confirm that 10% of Americans are disabled. That's 24 million with severe disabilities. The greatest number are the elderly- over 65. About 10 million or roughly 40% of all severely disabled are seniors. About 1.8 million over the age of 65 use a wheelchair, and 5.2 million have used a cane, crutch or walker for more than 6 months. The employment rate for severely disabled who are 21 to 64 is about 26%. About 82% of nondisabled people are in the workforce.

Surprisingly 62% of the severely disabled do NOT receive public assistance.