How many people in the UK are disabled?

141113 SW Introduction to inclusive design-8
141113 SW Introduction to inclusive design-9

A couple of slides from a talk given today to a group of architects. Some more statistics about disability from The Papworth Trust, based on data from the 2011 census are below:

Children

  • 17.6% of UK population are between 14 or under.
  • 6% of children are disabled.
  • Only 17% of disabled people were born with their disabilities.

Working age

  • 66% of UK population are between 15 and 64.
  • 16% of these people are disabled.
  • UK employment rate among working age disabled people was 49% (4.1million), compared to 81.8% of non-disabled people.

State pension age and older

  • 16.4% of UK population aged 65+.
  • 45% of these people are disabled.