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Montana Information

Did you know?
The Montana Office of Public Instruction school year 2007-2008 shows that there are 6,287 students with disabilities between the ages of 14-21 in Montana schools.

The breakdown of disability categories are:

Of those 6,287 youth with disabilities

  • 3,775 or 60% have a learning disability;
  • 831 or 13% have other health impairments;
  • 497 or 7.9% have an emotional disturbance;
  • 454 or 7.2% have a developmental disability; and 
  • 229 or 3.6% have multiple disabilities.

National Information

New ODEP Survey: Employer Perspectives on Employing People with Disabilities
The U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has released a new survey that looked at employer views on hiring and employing people with disabilities. Researchers interviewed executives from over 3,797 companies representing 12 industry sectors, including projected high growth industries. Key results:

  • 19.1% of US companies employ people with disabilities (small companies, 10.7%; medium, 22.6%; and large, 53.1%)
  • 8.7% report having hired people with disabilities in the past 12 months.
  • Work that cannot be effectively performed by a person with a disability is cited as a hiring challenge by 72.6% of all companies. 
  • Companies that do not actively recruit cited information about performance, productivity, and how hiring people with disabilities  can benefit a company's bottom line as the most persuasive information, while information about cost is the least persuasive. 
  • Information on satisfactory job performance and how hiring people with disabilities can increase a company's productivity are cited by small and medium-sized company as most persuasive.

To download the report:

US Census Releases Data on Americans with Disabilities

About one in five U.S. residents - 19 percent - reported some level of disability in 2005, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released December 18. These 54.4 million Americans are roughly equal to the combined total populations of California and Florida. Both the number and percentage of people with disabilities were higher than in 2002, the last time the Census Bureau collected such information. At that time, 51.2 million, or 18 percent, reported a disability.

Among those with a disability, 35 million, or 12 percent of the population, were classified as having a severe disability. Among people 25 to 64 with a severe disability, 27 percent were in poverty, compared with 12 percent for people with a nonsevere disability a nd 9 percent for those without a disability. Median monthly earnings were $1,458 for people with a severe disability, $2,250 for people with a nonsevere disability and $2,539 for those with no disability.

Nearly half (46 percent) of people age 21 to 64 with a disability were employed, compared with 84 percent of people in this age group without a disability. Among those with disabilities, 31 percent with severe disabilities and 75 percent with nonsevere disabilities were employed.

A portion of people with disabilities -- 11 million age 6 and older -- needed personal assistance with everyday activities. These activities include such tasks as getting around inside the home, taking a bath or shower, preparing meals and performing light housework.

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