This study uses data from the 2014 Longitudinal and International Study of Adults (LISA) in order to examine the relationship between low income and characteristics of people aged 25 to 64 with a disability, including disability type, severity class, age of onset of disability, family composition, and other risk factors associated with low income. It also examines the composition of the low-income population in relation to disability, and provides information on the relationship between employment and low income for this population.
This study sheds light on the relationship between low income and various aspects of disability. Among persons who report a disability, 1 in 4 is in low income. This population face elevated risks of being in low income if they are lone parents or older and unattached, indicating that family composition is an important factor in explaining higher low-income rates of persons with a disability.