Based on the 2017-2021 American Community Survey, approximately 42,476 Thurston County residents live with a disability. Of those living with a disability, approximately 43% were 65 years of age or older and 16% had incomes below the poverty level.
The U.S. Census Bureau defines disability as the product of interactions among: individuals’ bodies; their physical, emotional, and mental health; and the physical and social environment in which they live, work, or play. Under this definition, disability exists where the product of these interactions results in the limitation of activities and the restriction to full participation at school, work, home, or in the community.
U.S. Census Bureau: American Community Survey