In 2008 the Bureau of Labor Statistics added questions to the Current Population Survey (CPS) to identify people with disabilities. These questions include identification of persons with a visual impairment (Based on “Yes” response to “Is anyone blind or does anyone have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses?”). The purpose of the CPS is to provide labor force statistics for the population in the U.S. These statistics include labor force participation, employment rate, and unemployment rate. They also provide a national prevalence estimate for visual impairment.
The U.S. Census Bureau also added disability questions to their American Community Survey (ACS) in 2008. These questions included identification of persons with visual impairments (Based on “Yes” response to “Is this person blind or does he/she have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses?”). The ACS replaced the national census, and includes data collection on a wide range of topics, including labor force statistics. Prevalence estimates for visual impairment are also provided.
If you are interested in statistics by state, select the ACS data.
If you are interested in statistics by age group, gender, and/or race, select the CPS data.
The most recent statistics are provided and will be updated as new data becomes available.