Disability Facts & Figures

  • Existing data from government agencies estimated that approximately 3% of the resident population has some form of disabilities.
  • Persons with sensory (hearing or visual impairments) and physical disabilities would constitute half of the disability group. The remainder comprises those with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder.
  • The Ministry of Education estimated that 2.1% of the total student population of approximately 460,000 has a disability.
  • Persons with disabilities make up just 0.55% of the resident labour force or 12,000 out of 2.26 million in 2016.
  • 4,000 children were diagnosed with special developmental needs every year in 2015 and this number is likely to go up.
  • Close to 10,000 students with special needs are in schools but teaching material and assessments are still not fully accessible.
  • Singaporeans are living longer but those aged 60 and above will spend 3 to 8 years of their lives with some form of disabilities.

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