LIFEDesigns First Ever Talent Show


Congratulations to all of the participants of this event. Everyone had a great time! Follow this link to the YouTube video of the event.

LIFEDesigns hosted its first ever Talent Show on July 18, 2014.

The talent show was a lot of fun for nearly 80 people who attended as well as the participants in 9 acts. The co-hosts Zakk On-Air from B97’s Afternoon Juice and Jake May from Bloomington’s own South High School were also great entertainment for the evening. If you missed this amazing show, you should certainly take the time to follow the link and watch this video. Some of the acts included “25 Songs in 3 Minutes”, Celine Dion “That’s the Way it Is”, Johnny Cash “Walk the Line”, and much more. 

We would like to give a special “Thank You” to Jake May, who orchestrated this entire event. Others we would like to thank for making this event a success are co-host Zakk from B97’s Afternoon Juice, Roman Chrzanowski from RomaX Motion Pictures Production, Bloomington South High School, and WBWB-FM B97. 


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Disabilities by the Numbers

Disability Stats

More Numbers….


Population Distribution

56.7 million – Number of people with a disability living in the United States in 2010. They represented 19 percent of the civilian noninstitutionalized population. Disabilities include, for instance, having difficulty seeing, hearing, having speech understood, walking, bathing, dressing, eating, preparing meals, going outside the home, or doing housework, having Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, cerebral palsy, or dyslexia, and being frequently depressed or anxious.

By age —

  • 8 percent of children under 15 had disabilities.
  • 21 percent of people 15 and older had disabilities.
  • 17 percent of people 21 to 64 had disabilities.
  • 50 percent of adults 65 and older had disabilities.

By gender — 

  • 20 percent – percentage of females with a disability.
  • 17 percent – percentage of males with a disability.

Where They Live

19% – Percent of the civilian noninstitutionalized population in West Virginia with a disability ? the highest rate of any state in the nation. Utah, at 9 percent, had the lowest rate.

Earnings and Poverty

323,000 – Number of employed people with disabilities earning $100,000 or more annually. This amounts to 4 percent of all people with disabilities who were employed, compared with 8 percent of people without a disability who were employed.

On the Job

53% – Percentage of the civilian labor force with a disability who worked as either service workers (except protective services), with 18.2 percent, administrative support (15.1 percent), sales workers (10.4 percent) and management, business and finance (8.9 percent).

315,000 – The number of janitors and building cleaners with a disability ? the most common occupation for people with disabilities. Among occupations with 100,000 or more people, dishwashers had the highest disability rate, with 14.3 percent.  

Government Assistance

30% – Among people who received income-based government assistance, the percentage who had a disability; 18 percent of assistance recipients had difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

57% – Percentage of assistance recipients with a disability who received only in-kind assistance. By comparison, 2 percent received cash assistance only and 41 percent received both kinds.

58% – Among people who received both cash and in-kind assistance, the percentage who had a disability.

42% – The percentage of income-based assistance recipients in West Virginia who had a disability, which led all states. Arizona ranked the lowest, at 25 percent.  

More Specific Disabilities

11.6 million – Not shown above, but is the number of people 15 and older who do not use a wheelchair, but do use a cane, crutches or walker.


Note: This entire page came from the Census Bureau page: See their sources.

Here is the editor’s note from the Census Bureau: “The following data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: <>.”