Kentucky Ranks Second In The Nation In Percentage Of Population With Disabilities

By: Jon Sonnheim Reports
By: Jon Sonnheim Reports

Kentucky ranks second in the nation when it comes to the percentage of the population with disabilities.

Several in eastern Kentucky are not letting their disabilities limit their lives.

If you saw Jerry Adams painting.

You would you never guess that he's got only limited use of his hands, after a spinal injury more than 20 years ago

"Don't judge a book on the outside. Judge a book on the inside. Open it up first before you judge the cover," Jerry Adams said.

The LKLP Adult Day Center provides health care and activities for those living with physical or mental disabilities...limitations they've had to learn to deal with.

It's also something that Kentucky is now having to deal with after federal figures show that one in four Kentuckians now lives with some sort of disability.

"Some of us take advantage of the fact we can go to Wal-Mart anytime we want to. We have several that maybe haven't been to Wal-Mart in several years, and for them, that's a big thing," Nurse Jamie Cody said.

Staying home bound is something that can be frustrating not only for the caregivers, but the disabled as well.

"I get mad sometime, I get aggravated sometime. But that's part of life, take good like you take the bad," Adams said.

Government officials say they expect the number of disabled to rise as the population grows older.

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