Facts and figures
We've pulled together the latest disability facts and figures in one place.
Number of disabled people in the UK
- There are 13.9 million disabled people in the UK.
- One in five of us will be affected by disability at some point in our lives.
Number of disabled people globally
- It is estimated that people with disabilities represent at least 15 per cent of the world population or more than 1 billion individuals. Source: World Health Organization Report on Disability, 2011
- There are 220 million youth with disabilities (aged 15-24) worldwide and nearly 80 per cent live in developing countries. Source: HIV/AIDS and people with disability, Nora Groce, 2003
- Over 40% of railways stations in Great Britain do not have step-free access.
- 35% of disabled people say they have experienced problems using the train.
Source: ComRes polling, UK, 2018
- Disabled people between the ages of 18-65 represent one third of social care users.
- Three quarters of households using food banks in the UK contain someone with a health condition and / or disability, with one third of households containing someone with a mental health issue.
- Nearly half (49 per cent) of people with a learning disability or difficulty in Great Britain have no qualifications.
- More than 260 million children in the world still do not go to school. An estimated one-third of all out-of-school children at primary level have a disability.
Source: World Bank, 2017
- Between 2000 and 2014, the global number of out-of-school children at primary education level dropped from 100 million to 61 million.
- At the age of 26, disabled people in the UK are four times more likely to be out of work or not in education compared to non-disabled people.
- A quarter of employers (24 per cent) say they would be less likely to employ someone with a disability.
- 66 per cent of employers say the costs of workplace adjustments are a barrier to employing a disabled person.
- Access to work can pay 100 per cent of costs if applied for in the first six weeks of an individual’s employment and can fund eligible costs up to £59,200 (2019/20)