Census Records Sharp Rise In Disability Providers
The number of businesses devoted to serving the needs of people with disabilities is up dramatically and so are industry revenues, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Between 2007 and 2012, there were more than 5,400 new businesses created nationwide providing caregiving and day services for individuals with disabilities and the elderly, bringing the total to 25,899.
Growth in the industry meant that such establishments added nearly 300,000 new workers during that five-year period and revenues jumped by more than $9 billion to $34.4 billion annually.
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The data comes from a Census report published ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26.
In addition to businesses providing care services, the Census also cites a 19 percent rise in companies offering transportation for people with special needs.
At the same time, revenues for vocational rehabilitation service providers increased by $1 billion despite just 200 businesses being added to the sector.