The Coelho Center partnered with LMU's premiere Thomas and Dorothy Leavey
Center for the Study of Los Angeles (Study LA) to include a disability demographic question to their Los Angeles Public Opinion Survey for its 23rd installment.
Among the findings were:
- Twenty-one percent (21%) of those surveyed identified as a person with a disability.
- Thirty-one percent (31%) of those surveyed said they or someone in their household has what is known as a "preexisting condition."
- Eighty-one percent (81%) of those surveyed support universal healthcare.
- Fourteen percent (14%) of those surveyed do not have some kind of healthcare insurance, including private health insurance and government plans like Medicare or Medicaid.
Below is the question that The Coelho Center crafted for the 2019 LA Public Opinion Survey:
Have you been diagnosed and/or do you identify with any of the following:
a. Physical disability (e.g. paraplegia, amputee, multiple sclerosis, etc.)
b. Intellectual and/or developmental disability (e.g. intellectual disability, Autistic, Down syndrome, language and learning disabilities, cerebral palsy)
c. Psychiatric disability (e.g. depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.)
d. Sensory disability (e.g. blind, deaf, blind-deaf, hard of hearing, etc.)
e. Medical condition (e.g. Alzheimer’s, cancer, autoimmune disorder, epilepsy, brain injury, etc.)
f. Other disability not listed above