Facts and figures about disability

Did you know? Disabled traveler's now make up one of the fastest growing tourism markets. http://www.tourismvancouver.com/vancouver/accessible-vancouver/?gclid=CNbE4diDkKwCFcSJDgod8yE1mA#ixzz1cFlzdckM

  • Disability affects 15-20% of every country's population: There are at least 650 million people with disabilities worldwide.
  • There is an estimated one in eight people worldwide living with a disability (World disability report).
  • Based on data from the American Community Survey (ACS), in 2009, there were 36,150,710 individuals with disabilities living in the USA.
  • In 2009, there were 53,151,830 individuals from ages 5 to 17 years living in the USA, 2,748,524 of which were individuals with disabilities—a prevalence rate of 5.2 percent (ACS).
  • Disabled people represent 80 million persons in the European Union (more than 15% of the population), the equivalent to the population of Belgium, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary and the Netherlands together. (European Disability Forum).
  • One in four Europeans has a family member with a disability. Six Europeans out of ten know someone, in close or more distant circles, who has a disability. (European Disability Forum).
  • People with reduced mobility represent more than 40% of the population. (European Disability Forum). 
  • The total number of the population with a long-standing health problem or a disability (LSHPD) in 25 European countries is estimated to account for more than 45 million citizens. These European Union statistics only refer to the population that is 16 to 64 years old. This means that one in six persons (15.7%) of the working age population (aged 16 to 64) has either a long-standing health problem or a disability. http://www.realising-potential.org/stakeholder-factbox
  • At 32.2% Finland has the highest percentage prevalence of long standing disability in the European Union. http://www.realising-potential.org/stakeholder-factbox
  • The United Kingdom has the second highest prevalence of disability with 27.2% of the population having a long-standing health problem or disability. http://www.realising-potential.org/stakeholder-factbox
  • There are over 10 million disabled people in Russia. Approximately 700,000 of these are children and young adults up to the age of 18. http://www.realising-potential.org/stakeholder-factbox
  • In India is estimated that 60 million people are disabled. http://www.realising-potential.org/stakeholder-factbox 
  • Almost four million Australians or 20% of the population reported a disability in 2003.http://www.realising-potential.org/stakeholder-factbox