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There’s a reason why people with a disability are classified one of the most vulnerable sectors of our Society.

They are at a higher risk, with regards to their personal safety, plus more likely to suffer from some form of Discrimination.

Facts

Source: AIHW’s main report People with disability in Australia.

“Disability discrimination:

  • 44% of complaints received by the Australian Human Rights Commission are about disability discrimination.
  • 1 in 10 (9.6%) people aged 15 and over with disability have experienced disability discrimination in the last year.
  • 1 in 3 (33%) people aged 15 and over with disability avoided situations because of their disability in the last year.
  • 1 in 6 (17%) people aged 15 and over with disability have difficulty using public transport.”

“Of the estimated 314,000 people aged 15 and over with disability, living in households, who experienced disability discrimination in the last year:

  • 1 in 5 (21%) said it was by an employer
  • 1 in 3 (34%) said it was by a person who provided goods or services (for example, health staff, bus and taxi drivers, hospitality staff, or sales assistants)—the biggest contribution being from health staff (22% of all people who experienced disability discrimination)
  • 1 in 6 (15%) said it was by work colleagues”

“About 1 in 3 (33% or more than 1 million) people aged 15 and over with disability, living in households, avoided situations because of their disability in the last year. Of those who avoided at least 1 situation because of their disability:

  • 39% avoided visiting family or friends
  • 34% avoided going to shops and banks
  • 32% avoided going to restaurants, cafés or bars
  • 25% avoided using public transport
  • 22% avoided work
  • 20% avoided using public parks or recreation venues”

“Violence against people with disability:

  • 1 in 2 (47%) adults with disability have experienced violence after the age of 15.
  • 1 in 6 (16%) adults with disability have experienced sexual violence after the age of 15.
  • 2 in 5 (43%) adults with disability have experienced physical violence after the age of 15.
  • 1 in 5 (20%) adults with disability have experienced abuse before the age of 15.”

 

“Of adults with disability, those most likely to have experienced violence after the age of 15 have:

  • psychological disability (65% or 587,000 people)
  • intellectual disability (62% or 295,000 people)
  • head injury, stroke or brain damage (60% or 110,000 people).

This is almost double the rate of those without disability (36% or 4.5 million people)”