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Research Center

ALICE In Focus Series

Financial Hardship Among People With Disabilities

Longstanding discriminatory policies and practices that impact access to education, employment, health care, housing and other resources create barriers to financial stability for people with disabilities. This fact hits home for the more than 40 million people in the U.S. who have a cognitive, hearing, vision, or ambulatory disability, or one that makes self-care or independent living difficult.

According to the outdated Federal Poverty Level, 18% of people with disabilities in the U.S. lived in poverty in 2019. Yet United For ALICE data shows that another 34% were also struggling, in households that earned above the FPL but less than what it costs to afford the basics. These households are ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

Between families in poverty and those who are ALICE, more than half of all people with disabilities in the U.S. lived in a household with income below the ALICE Threshold, struggling to afford essentials in the communities where they lived.

The tabs below offer a more detailed view of people with disabilities who are experiencing financial hardship.


State Research Briefs & Sponsors

Research Briefs detailing the data on people with disabilities who are experiencing financial hardship are available for ALICE partner states. Select a state below to download the Research Brief and to view state partners and sponsors for ALICE in Focus: People With Disabilities.

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