U.S. Table 9

Conditions Reported for Children Age 0 to 17 as Causes of Disabilities, 1991-92


Total Children Age 0 to 17 in the U.S. = 66,135,000
Total Children Age 0 to 17 with a Disability in the U.S. = 3,846,000
TOTAL REPORTING THE CONDITION THEIR PRIMARY CAUSE
Asthma 311,000 281,000
Autism 48,000 37,000
Blindness or vision problem 144,000 95,000
Cancer 26,000 16,000
Cerebral palsy 129,000 110,000
Deafness or hearing problem 116,000 74,000
Diabetes 14,000 14,000
Drug or alcohol problem 48,000 42,000
Epilepsy or seizure disorder 128,000 103,000
Hay fever or resp. allergy 76,000 24,000
Head or spinal cord 45,000 31,000
Heart trouble 44,000 22,000
Imp. or deform. of back, side, foot, or leg 121,000 89,000
Imp. or deform. of finger, hand, or arm 27,000 10,000
Learning disability 1,435,000 1,160,000
Mental or emotional problem 305,000 175,000
Mental retardation 331,000 201,000
Missing legs, feet, toes, arms, hands, or fingers 70,000 66,000
Paralysis of any kind 73,000 41,000
Speech problem 634,000 359,000
Tonsillitis or rep. ear infections 80,000 15,000
Other 653,000 392,000


NOTE: "Total Reporting the Condition" indicates that the condition was reported by parents/guardians as one of up to three choices per child. "Their Primary Cause" indicates that the condition was the first choice selected. Totals may be used to compute percentages (e.g., 331,000/66,135,000 = 0.005 = 0.5% = the percent of children age 0 to 17 in the U.S. who have mental retardation).

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Americans with Disabilities: 1991-92.