Definitions of Disability

There are different definitions of disability.  For Social Security Disability, disability is defined as the inability to engage in substantial gainful activity.  For workers’ compensation in North Carolina, disability is defined as “incapacity because of injury to earn the wages which the employee was receiving at the time of injury in the same or any other employment.”  A person can have a disability, but not be disabled from working or engaging in certain activities.

Disability Statistics

“There are an estimated 1,336,000 people in North Carolina over the age of five who have a form of disability.

Approximately 242,000 people, or 3.1% of the state’s population, experience difficulties with performing activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, or getting around inside of their homes.

There are around 753,000 people in the state who have a form of work disability, and around 274,000 people with disabilities in North Carolina who are employed.

Around 45,000 people with disabilities in the state are unemployed, while 426,000 are currently not in the workforce.”

Citation: Disabled World News – Recent news stories and articles from North Carolina USA including medical related news and coming events: http://www.disabled-world.com/news/america/nc/#ixzz2Qlm2QCZj