Disability rates


The proportion of people who have disabilities in Canada, US, Mexico, Brazil, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and Australia.

Early Findings


  • The UN has a database on the prevalence of disabilities by country. Only a selection of countries are included. They compile this data from national censuses, household surveys, and other official sources from each country. The UN definition of disability includes both mental and physical long term impairments.
  • The WHO has a world report on disability, which includes prevalence rates from page 271, but not total number of people.
  • Note: Where data was obtained from the UN database, selecting a country within it didn't generate a different link. The countries can be selected in the top left corner.

Prevalence and total number by country

  • Canada - 13.7% or 3.78 million people
  • US - 12.8% or 4.75 million people
  • Mexico 4.1% or 4.52 million people
  • Brazil - 6.2% or 12.4 million people (data from 2013, based on self reported disability. Brazil's census is only conducted every 10 years, with the last one conducted in 2010)
  • UK -20.7% or 13.6 million people
  • France -6.5% or 12 million people (two different sources used here, so the organizations may have calculated the numbers differently)
  • Spain -9% or 3.8 million people
  • Germany -11.2% or 7.8 million people with severe disabilities
  • Italy - 6.6% or 3.2 million people
  • China -6.4%
  • Russia -16.4%
  • Japan -5%
  • South Korea (Republic of Korea) -4.6%
  • Hong Kong -2%
  • India - 2.2% or 26.8 million people
  • Singapore- 3%
  • Australia -4.4%

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