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Disability Facts and Resources

People with all types and levels of disability are accepted into RDA programs (including but not limited to):

  • Spina Bifida
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Amputees
  • Visual and hearing impairments
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Down Syndrome
  • Autism

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

  • 1 in 5 Australians (20% of total pop.) report a disability (4 mil people)
  • 319,900 children aged under 15 years (8%) report a disability (ABS 2004)

Cerebral Palsy (Cerebral Palsy Australia)

  • A child is born with cerebral palsy in Australia every 18 hours
  • 33,000 people with cerebral palsy

Degenerative Muscular Disorder (Australian Institute of Health & Welfare)

  • 1: 1000 (30,000+) Australians are affected by neuromuscular diseases.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS Australia)

  • 15,000 Australians with MS

Acquired Brain Injury (National Health Survey)

  • 1 in 50 people suffered an acquired brain injury (ABS)
  • 432,700 Australians (2.2%)

Spinal Cord Injury (Spinal Cord Australia)

  • 300 new cases of spinal cord injury in Australia each year

Autism (Autism Spectrum Australia - Aspect)

  • 1 in 600 (120,000) people suffer from Autism