Barriers for People with Disabilities in Rural Areas
By: Chris Mackey
According to the 2013-2017 5-Year Estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, about 15.1% of the rural population were people with disabilities. Living in rural communities can pose unique challenges when trying to access health care, health promotion and other opportunities to participate in the community. People with disabilities in rural communities often have limited or no accessible transportation, there may be long distances needed to access needed specialty care or limited infrastructure to support independence and healthy lifestyles. There are many creative solutions, however, that communities can implement to address the barriers that people with disabilities face. For more information, read Rural People with Disabilities at the Rural Health Information Hub.