On this page you will find information about DisabledGo and some facts about disability.
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- We were founded in 2000 by our Chief Executive Dr. Gregory Burke
- We launched our first access guide in 2002
- We send a trained surveyor to visit all venues featured on www.disabledgo.com
- We continually consult with disabled people
- We work with in excess of 200 public sector partners in the UK and Ireland
- Our service is free for anyone to use
- All the information we collect is collected for a reason, disabled people have told us it is important to know
- Our aim is to empower people with the information needed to make a confident choice, not to tell people what is right for them
For further information about our work please see Who We Are
and What We Do
Disability is not a minority issue, as demonstrated by the wide range of statistics below -
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that disabled people make up 10% of the population - around 650 million people.
- 39 million disabled people in Europe. (Source: CSR Europe)
- 11 million disabled people in Britain (Source: Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit)
- Only 17% of disabled people were born with their disabilities (Source: Institute for Public Policy Research article Work for disabled people)
- Britain's disabled people are estimated to spend £80 billion per year ( Source: DWP)
- 2% of the working age UK population becomes disabled every year - 78% of disabled people acquire their impairment aged 16 or older. (Source: Employers Forum on Disability)
- One in four people will be affected by mental ill health in the course of their life (Source: Mind)
- One in six people of the working age population (aged 16 to 64) in Europe has either a long-standing health problem or a disability. (Source: Employers Forum on Disability)
- One in four men and one in five women will suffer a critical illness before they are 65 (Source: Health insurance: the online guide to critical illness insurance)
- Disability is estimated to affect 10 per cent to 20 per cent of every country's population, a percentage that is expected to grow because of poor health care and nutrition early in life, growing elderly populations and violent civil conflicts. (Source:: CSR Europe)
- Only 8 per cent of disabled people in the UK use a wheelchair. (Source: CSR Europe, ‘Disability: facts and figures' 2007)
- For every child killed in warfare, three are injured and permanently disabled (Source: UN).
- 25% of the entire population is either directly or indirectly affected by a disability (Source: UN and World Bank).