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Disability statistics

  • Four in ten disabled children are living in poverty
  • The average cost of bringing up a disabled child are three times more than for a non-disabled child
  • Parents of disabled children are more likely to divorce
  • Only 32% of families with disabled children feel accepted by their local communities
  • 52% of disabled people have experienced discrimination at work
  • Nearly a quarter of disabled people who need adapted accommodation don’t have it
  • More than half (58%) of disabled people have been victims of crime, 15% of whom believe it was directly motivated by their impairment.
  • One in three disabled people has been refused service or turned away from pubs, leisure centres, restaurants or other public places.

Excerpts from SCOPE Impact Report 2011/12

About cerebral palsy

(“Life expectancy of children with cerebral palsy”; J L Hutton, K Hemming and UKCP collaboration)


  • The current UK incidence rate is around 1 in 400 births.
  • Approximately 1,800 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy every year.
  • There are an estimated 30,000 children with cerebral palsy in the UK.
  • There are more boys born with cerebral palsy than girls. For every 100 girls with cerebral palsy, there are 135 boys with cerebral palsy.
  • Just under half of children with cerebral palsy were born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation).


  • One in three children with cerebral palsy is unable to walk.
  • One in four children with cerebral palsy cannot feed or dress themselves.
  • One in four children with cerebral palsy has a severe learning disability.
  • One in ten children with cerebral palsy has no useful vision.
  • About one in fifty children with cerebral palsy is deaf.
  • About one in eleven children with cerebral palsy is blind.
  • About one in four children with cerebral palsy is reported to have epileptic seizures.

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