Differences in Social Connectedness and Perceived Isolation Among Rural and Urban Adults with Disabilities

Social isolation has been compared to smoking in terms of risk to public health. Some

groups are at particularly high risk for these feelings, including people with disabilities and rural residents.

Few studies have considered the potentially compounding effects of disability status and rural

residency. To evaluate how reported satisfaction with social participation and perceived isolation relate

to the health of rural and urban people with disabilities, and to consider whether number of disabilities,

living arrangement, and employment status were.

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A Comparison of Health Disparities Among Americans With Intellectual Disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder and Americans With Other Disabilities

This article uses recent survey data to compare and contrast American adults with intellectual disability (ID) and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and those with other disabilities with regard to overall health, access to health care, and other aspects of community participation.

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Consumer Messages to Policy Makers

On the 2018 National Survey on Health Reform and Disability (NSHRD)1 and during national telephone interviews in 2019, consumers with disabilities were asked about their experiences with health care services and insurance. At the end of each interview and as the final question on the NSHRD, participants were asked: “What would you tell policymakers about access to health insurance and health care services for people with disabilities?” The quotes provided below are a selection of responses to this question.

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