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16 NEWS FOCUS Disability Facts There are a growing number of people with disabilities in the UK and they are still disadvantaged when it comes to their involvement in the workplace and as business-owners Engage looks at some facts: Generally n And Women... n There are approximately 10 million disabled adults in the UK which represents around 18% of the UK population: 19% of the working age population in the UK are disabled women (Source: Key indicators of women’s position in Britain, Nov 2005) Numbers of Disabled People in UK Source: National Statistics – 2001 Census n 51% of disabled women in the UK are economically inactive. (Source: UK National Statistics, “Economic activity status of disabled people: by sex’, 2002) 18% n 46% of disabled women in the UK are employed and 3% of disabled women in the UK are unemployed. (Source: UK National Statistics, “Economic activity status of disabled people: by sex’, 2002) 82% Globally n According to Michael Paciello in his book ‘Web accessibility for People with Disabilities’, there are approximately: 500 million disabled people worldwide 52.6 million disabled people in USA 37 million disabled people in EU (excluding UK) 4.2 million disabled people in Canada 3.7 million disabled people in Australia Businesses with a majority of disabled owners or partners comprise only 0.5% of the business stock in London. When compared to the 1.5% of the population in London receiving an attendance allowance in 2003,, this measure demonstrates that there is considerable under representation of disabled people among London’s business owning population. (Source: London Annual Business Survey 2004) l l l n n n Non–Disabled People (48.2 million) Disabled People (10.6 million) In 2005, there were over 6.8 million disabled people who were of working age representing 19% of the working population. (Source: Labour Force Survey, June 2005) There has been an increase in the number of working age people reporting a disability from 6.2 million in Spring 1998 to just under 7 million in Spring 2005. (Source: ONS Labour Force Survey, Spring 2005) l l n n Disability – A Definition n A disabled person is around three times as likely to lack an educational qualification but want to work as non-disabled people. (Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation – ‘Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion’ in the UK - 2005 report) n “Physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day to day activities” (Source: Disability Discrimination Act s.1) engage ISSUE TWO 2006