The secondary data summarized in this section of the CSNA provides a variety of important findings. Findings indicate that Ohio is a large state with a number of urban areas. Though Ohio is divided into 88 counties, approximately half of the population resides in only nine counties. Ohio ranks sixth among states/territories in the number of residents with disabilities and 18th in the percentage of individuals with disabilities. (Cornell University, http://disabilitystatistics.org)
National data suggest that there is a significant gap between employment rates for individuals with disabilities and individuals without disabilities, while the labor force participation rate for working age (16 to 64) individuals with disabilities has increased slightly from 2014 to 2016. Furthermore, the poverty rate for individuals with disabilities is significantly higher than the poverty rate for individuals without disabilities.
Other more specific findings are indicated as follows: