On this blog we talk about them. We try to understand them. We try to put us in their shoes, so we would find their problems in order to come up with some solutions.
What we did so far was more than ok but… I personally think we missed something. We never posted any facts and figures, so that you would realise the size of the problem we are confronting. Well, this is all about to change.
Comparing disability figures internationally is difficult due to the fact that different countries regard disability in different ways. The following facts are related to Europe. We hope, will make you open your eyes. Here are the pure statistics.
- We are 80 million Europeans with disabilities. This is over 15% of the whole population.
- One in four Europeans has a family member with a disability.
- In 2002, 38% of the disabled people aged 16-34 across Europe have an earned income, compared to 64% of non-disabled people.
- 75% of people with severe disabilities do not have the opportunity to fully participate in the European labour market. Disability affects 20% of the working population. 13% of the workforce is disabled ( in the UK).
- 15% of young people who are disabled said they had been refused a job because of the disability.
- Households with at least one disabled person living in them have 20 to 30% lower incomes than other households.
- Persons with disabilities do not have equal access to education, are on the top of unemployment rates and generally live on significantly lower income.
- Persons with disabilities cannot move around freely, go to work, to a restaurant, to theatres, to cinemas, to libraries, shopping, meet friends, or any other daily activity, due to inaccessible public transport, pavements or buildings.
- Free movement of disabled persons in the European Union is just an ideal due to legislative barriers preventing us to leave the home country. More than 200.000 disabled persons in Europe are forced to live in closed institutions deprived of the most fundamental human rights.
- We live in an inaccessible environment, despite the fact that we represent, together with other persons with temporarily reduced mobility, 40% of the population.
- Amongst disabled persons, one out of two persons has never participated in leisure, cultural or sport activities, and has never had access to theatres, to cinemas, to concerts, to libraries.
- Institutions, without the right to make choices in life and deprived of the most fundamental human rights.
- Only 8% of the people registered disabled use a wheelchair.
- 33% of people in the age bracket 50 to 60 have a disability.
- 130,000 cars which is roughly 5% of all cars bought each year are for people with disabilities.
- People with disabilities are the main group to make purchases online.