Statistics Canada has released a new chapter, Women with Disabilities," from the publication Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report. This chapter provides a broad statistical portrait of women with disabilities. The findings presented in The Daily focus on the use of mobility and agility-related devices, as well as transit used by women with disabilities compared with men with disabilities.
More than 8 in 10 women and men with disabilities report using at least one aid or assistive device
The use of at least one aid or assistive device increased with the severity of disability. More than 7 in 10 women with mild or moderate disabilities (72.5%), and more than 9 in 10 women with severe or very severe disabilities (93.1%), reported using at least one aid or assistive device.
A larger proportion of women (80.5%) than men (76.1%) reported using mobility or agility-related aids or assistive devices (for example, a cane, orthopaedic footwear, or widened doorways). The likelihood of using mobility or agility-related aids or assistive devices increased with the severity of disability among both women and men.
Close to half of women with severe or very severe disabilities report difficulty using transit services
About 1 in 5 women (21.2%) and men (17.9%) with disabilities reported regularly using public transit, such as a bus or subway. Among those with severe or very severe disabilities, women (20.5%) were more likely to report regularly using this type of transit than were men (16.2%).
Among those with disabilities, 8.7% of women and 6.3% of men regularly used specialized transit, such as a special bus or van or a subsidized accessible taxi service. Among those with severe or very severe disabilities, 11.2% of women and 8.6% of men reported regularly using specialized transit.
Close to half (46.1%) of women with severe or very severe disabilities, who used public or specialized transit, reported "some" or "a lot" of difficulty using these services. This was the case for a smaller proportion (13.9%) of women with mild or moderate disabilities.