Using the National Health Interview Survey Disability Supplement, researchers from the Research and Training Center on Community Living found the most common social activities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities were getting together with friends or neighbors, meeting relatives, and talking on the phone with friends or neighbors.
Findings from this study were many, including:
Between 65% and 68% of all adults with disabilities who had access to special transportation reported using it.
Women were 72% less likely to leave the house every day than men.
Adults 65 years of age and older were 77% more likely to want more social activities than those in other age groups.
Talking on the phone to family members and friends was the activity least affected by age, race, health, and disability status.
Those with the most functional limitations were the least likely to attend religious services.
Adults living with spouses or other family members were less likely to socialize with friends or neighbors, talk with family, or go out to events than people who lived alone or with non-family members.
Transportation difficulties cut down on participation in all social activities studied.
This report studies similarities in four groups of adults. The groups were divided by functional limitations and disability. Adults, too, were compared by age on social activity, work status, and transportation access.
Doljanac, R., & Larson, S. A. (2005, September). Social activities of non-institutionalized adults in the NHIS-D: Gender, age, and disability differences. DD Data Brief 7(2), 1-20. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration.