CDD Conducts Largest Known Disability Survey

On April 21, results from the first-ever, independent disability survey of over 33,000 households was released. The survey was initiated by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and conducted by the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability (UNM CDD), principal investigator and project director Dr. Anthony Cahill.

The findings showed that 40 percent more Americans live with paralysis and more than five times the number of Americans live with spinal cord injury than formerly estimated. The survey revealed that 1.275 million have had a spinal cord injury and over 5.6 million Americans live with some form of paralysis.

Cahill, a senior research scientist and director of the Division of Disability and Health Policy at the UNM CDD also serves as the research director of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center. He and his research team at the CDD conducted the survey under a multi-year cooperative agreement with the Reeve Foundation, lasting from 2006 to 2008.

On Tuesday, April 21, Cahill attended a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC for the announcement. He also gave a briefing on the results on Capitol Hill.

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Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322

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