ALICE in Focus: People with Disabilities


ALICE with Disabilities

Thirty-two years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed, a watershed moment for removing the barriers to independence that individuals with disabilities face daily.  

We find that despite progress, enormous hurdles remain. The latest ALICE in Focus: People With Disabilities data from United For ALICE reveals that 51% of Texas’ residents with disabilities are living in financial hardship, with inadequate access to support.

This latest report and its interactive tools demonstrate how the Federal Poverty Level is woefully inaccurate, portraying that just 18% live in poverty, overlooking the 33% who are ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and struggle to make ends meet.

Through our ALICE data, we know that having a disability puts a person at substantial risk of financial instability, more than many other factors.  

As those financial stresses only deepened throughout the pandemic, so too did the strain on mental health. Our latest research shows that people with disabilities living in financial hardship were five times more likely to feel anxious nearly every day during the pandemic, compared to those without disabilities. 

In addition to being overlooked, these individuals also lack access to sufficient resources as they struggle to afford the basics. In 2019: 

  • 74% didn’t access governmental food supports 
  • 84% couldn’t access Supplemental Security Income 
  • 34% of renters were overtaxed by housing costs