When you have a disability, it may feel as if you are alone. The truth is, there are many people in the UK that are managing some type of disability. Understanding the facts and figures about disabilities in the UK can empower any person, family, or organization.
General Facts About People w Disabilities
* One in five people in the United Kingdom has a disability. This is equal to about 13.5 million individuals.
* Only 17 percent of people who have a disability were born with that disability.
* Disabilities are more prevalent in people over pension age. Children account for seven percent of those with disabilities and working adults account for 18 percent.
* There are over 2 million people with sight loss disabilities in the UK. This number is anticipated to increase to almost 2.5 million by the end of 2020.
* Over 10 million people suffer from hearing loss, with at least 2 million people requiring a hearing aid. Almost 60 percent of these individuals are over the age of 60.
Children w Disabilities
* There are over 800,000 children under the age of 16 living with a disability.
* The most common forms of disabilities in children include emotional/behavioral, learning disabilities, breathing and stamina difficulties.
* Nearly all of the children classified with a disability are cared for at home by family members.
* Over 3.5 million people with a disability are now employed in the UK. This is an increase of a million people in just 10 years.
* The employment rate for people with a disability in the UK is at 46.5 percent. is compared to 84.5 percent of people without a disability.
* People with disabilities in the workplace are anticipated to increase over the next 10 years as the Baby Boom population ages into their 60's.
* The average age of a person providing care to a person with a disability is 50.
* 6.5 million people currently provide care for someone with a disability.