Disability

Disability

More than 13 percent of noninstitutionalized adults have some sort of physical disability. The most common physical disabilities are trouble hearing, moving around or doing day-to-day tasks like getting dressed. About 70 percent of noninstitutionalized adults with physical disabilities are over age 60.

Another type of disability is learning disability, a term used to describe a range of academic difficulties. Dyslexia, a reading disability, is one example.

Psychologists can help individuals with all kinds of disabilities. While some interventions focus on teaching stress management and other coping skills, others focus on the disability itself. A psychologist might help an individual get motivated enough to do physical therapy, for example.

Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology

What You Can Do

Getting Help

News

Related APA Publications

APA Offices and Programs

  • Office on Disability Issues in Psychology

    Learn what APA does to work toward eliminating bias against and promoting equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

  • Disability Mentoring Program

    The mentoring program supports psychology students with disabilities, psychologists entering the field and psychologists in the field who have acquired a disability.

  • Civil Rights for People with Disabilities

    APA advocates for the rights of people with disabilities, including for policies that prevent discrimination and provide access to needed services and care.