DD Data Brief: Characteristics of and Service Use by Persons With MR/DD Living in Their Own Homes or With Family Members

Part of the DD Data Brief series.
Sheryl A Larson, Charlie Lakin, Lynda Lahti Anderson, Nohoon Kwak


A brief describing people with MR/DD living in the community in terms of basic demographic characteristics, functional and other limitations, residential services history, medical services received, social activities, transportation used, and waiting list status, and comparing people with and without MR/DD in regard to health status and service, functional limitations, major activity status, and school status. It is based on the data from the 1994-95 National Health Interview Survey Disability Supplement (NHIS-D) that collected extensive information about disabilities among the individuals sampled as part of the annual census-based household interview surveys. The NHIS focuses on the civilian, noninstitutionalized population in the United States, describing demographic characteristics, health status, functional limitations, and supports and services used.


April 2001 
Volume 3, Number 1
Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)


  • Community life
    • Community supports and services
    • Parenting and family relationships
  • Specific life stage
    • Children
    • Adolescents and young adults
    • Adults
  • Specific disability
    • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)