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Published: October 21, 2019
Test Your Disability Knowledge!


Chances are you know someone with a disability or have a disability yourself. But how much do you know about the facts and issues surrounding disabilities? Take this quiz to find out! (Answers are below but no peeking!)

1. How many people in the U.S. live with a disability?

a. 10 million
b. 22 million
c. 57 million
d. 100 million

2. It’s better to ask a person with a disability if they want assistance before jumping in to help with everyday activities. True or false?

3. Only people who are unable to walk use wheelchairs. True or false?

4. Most disabilities are not easily visible. True or false?

5. Which of the following is the most commonly diagnosed mental health condition?

a. Depression
b. Anxiety Disorder
c. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
d. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

6. Which of these is required for a service animal?

a. Have specific certification
b. Wear identification (such as a vest or tag)
c. Both of the above
d. Neither of the above

7. Signing up for local emergency alerts will give you access to the most up-to-date information about emergencies. True or false?

8. Self-advocacy and system advocacy are the same thing. True or false?

Disability Quiz Answers

How did you do? Find out below.

1. Answer: C

About 57 million people in the U.S. live with at least one disability, making the disability community the largest marginalized group. One in five people will acquire a disability during their lifetime. (2013-2017 American Community Survey)

2. Answer: True

Don’t assume what people with disabilities can or cannot do. Ask before you assist and be willing to help if they tell you that they need support.

3. Answer: False

Mobility disabilities fall on a spectrum; some people who use wheelchairs may be able to stand or walk short distances.

4. Answer: True

Most disabilities are invisible. Examples include learning disabilities, chemical sensitivities, and chronic pain.

5. Answer: B

18% of adults have an Anxiety Disorder, involving persistent, excessive fear or worry in everyday situations.

6. Answer: D

Service animals must be individually trained to perform the tasks needed by the owner, but no specific certification or identification is required.

7. Answer: True

You can sign up for emergency alerts at Go to Emergency Notifications and sign up for reverse 911 calls and/or text alerts.

8. Answer: False

Self-advocacy involves owning your personal rights and responsibilities, speaking up for yourself, and making decisions about your life. System advocacy is identifying and addressing problems at the systems level; it may lead to new or changed laws, policies, and procedures.

There’s a lot to learn and know about disabilities, which is why The IC offers a variety of trainings that cover topics such as these. If you know of a business, school, church, or other organization that would benefit from disability training, call our Advocacy department at 719-471-8181 for more information.

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