Disability Resources FAQ: Statistics

Q: What are some common statistics as to how disabilities affect Church members?

A: Because of the international nature of the Church, there are no statistics that show how often disabilities affect Church members as compared to others in their nations. However, the following are statistics about people in the United States:

  • Developmental disabilities affect 17 percent of children in the United States. These lifelong disabilities begin in childhood and have a major impact on the health and educational functioning of children. These include physical, psychological, intellectual, and speech impairments.1
  • In the United States, 22 percent of U.S. adults (18 years and older) reported having a disability.2
  • In the United States, over 46 percent of adults over 18 experience a diagnosable mental disorder during their lifetime. Anxiety, impulse control disorders, mood disorders (for example, depression or bipolar disorder), and substance abuse are the most common.3 Other disorders may include sleep disorders, dementia, and eating disorders.


  1. “Prevalence and Health Impact of Developmental Disabilities in US Children,” Pediatrics, March 1994; 93(3):399–403.
  2. J. M. McNeil, J. Binette, Bureau of the Census, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Disability and Health Branch, Division of Birth Defects, Child Development, and Disability and Health, National Center for Environmental Health; Health Care and Aging Studies Branch, Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control, 1999.
  3. “National Comorbidity Survey Replication,” Clinician’s Research Digest, vol. 23, no. 11, Nov. 2005.