An extract from an article by the Papworth Trust.
There are around 11.9 million disabled people in the UK. Almost one in five people (19%) in the UK have a disability; this figure has remained relatively constant over time (12.2 million in 2012/13).
The prevalence of disability rises with age: in 2012/13, 7% of children were disabled (0.9 million), compared to 16% of adults of working age (6.1 million), and 42% of adults over state pension age (5.1 million). There are more disabled women than men in the UK.
In 2014/15, the most common impairments that disabled people had were: mobility (57%), stamina/breathing/fatigue (38%), dexterity (28%) and mental health (16%). Some people had more than one impairment but were asked to identify which one had the most impact on daily life.