Would it be one of these people?
Only 17 per cent of disabled people were born with disabilities.
Fewer than 8% of disabled people use a wheelchair but more than half (52 per cent) of people assume disabilities are physical.
There are 9.4 million disabled people in England, accounting for 18 per cent of the population
45 per cent are males
55 per cent are females
The North East of England has the highest proportion of disabled people, accounting for 22 per cent of the population
Census – 2011
The prevalence rate of disability rises with age − around 1 in 20 children are disabled, compared to around 1 in 5 working age adults, and almost 1 in 2 people over state pension age
Office for Disability Issues, updated Department for Work and Pensions estimates based on Family Resources survey 2009/10
Only 17 per cent of disabled people were born with disabilities. The majority acquire their disability during their working lives.
Less than 8 per cent of disabled people use wheelchairs. The majority of impairments are not visible
Disability is strongly related to age
2.1 per cent of 16-19 year olds
31 per cent of 50-59 years;
78 per cent of people aged 85 or over
People are more likely to become disabled if they have a low income, are out of work or have low educational qualification
Papworth Trust disability facts and figures 2010
38 per cent of people believe disabled people are a burden on society
28 per cent of people believe there is Ill feeling around the perceived extra support given to disabled people (28 per cent
More than a quarter (27 per cent) of people think disabled people are treated differently because there is a lack of knowledge around disability
Nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of people have admitted they avoid disabled people because they don’t know how to act around them
More than half (52 per cent) of people assume disabilities are physical
Only 7 per cent of people would consider mental disability when told that a person is disabled
Only 26 per cent of people class facial disfigurement as a disability
More than a third (34 per cent) don’t consider hearing loss to be a disability.
BT – ‘Ready, Willing and Disabled Event 2011