Infographic: The Disability Disconnect


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This infographic was submitted to us by the Council for Disability Awareness, who also provided this description:

Think you’re invincible? You’re not alone. Most working Americans drastically underestimate the odds of experiencing an income-interrupting injury or illness that will last an extended period of time.
Now consider that more than one in four of today’s 20-year-olds will have their income interrupted by a disability before they retire. That’s because some top causes of long-term disabilities aren’t catastrophic accidents, but common, everyday health issues like back pain, heart disease, arthritis, cancer, even pregnancy. No matter how healthy, everybody has a risk that is too high to ignore.

You’ve probably protected your most prized possessions from damages and accidents, but what about the resource that makes all others possible — your paycheck? Learn more about the causes of disability and how you can defend your income from them at

The design keeps text light and uses visuals to explain hard data wherever possible. All the information is relevant to the message: an unexpected disability can have a huge impact on your finances.

One section that could use more detail (though I understand if the information isn’t available!) is more detail on the “All others” category of the top five causes of long-term disability claims in 2012. This is the largest category and makes up nearly 1/3 of the claims, yet there’s no detail on what sort of causes are included in it, while all other categories have much more.

I’d also like to see some unique elements to the design. Between the white background, standard font choices, and simple icons, the design doesn’t particularly stand out — a few more risks in layout, colors, and textures could really help amp up this infographic to be as visually engaging as it is informative.

In all I’d give this infographic a B-: great understanding of how data viz can help tell a story more quickly, but needs some inspiration where design is concerned.

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