Statscan has gone to great effort to determine just how many Canadians suffer from disabilities 1

The percentage of disabled persons for Ontario as measured in 2012 are:

Total aged 15 to 64          11.4%                                                 Total 65 and over             37.1%

If the broader Ontario 2012 values hold true then the numbers of disabled individuals in Clearview from the 2016 census are:

Total aged 15 to 64 - 9245x11.4% or 1053 individuals          Total 65 and over  - 2625x37.1%   973 individuals
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Why define invisible disability? 2

People often ask us to define invisible disability. To define invisible disability in simple terms is a physical, mental or neurological condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities that is invisible to the onlooker. Unfortunately, the very fact that these symptoms are invisible can lead to misunderstandings,  false perceptions, and judgments.

In general, the term disability is often used to describe an ongoing physical challenge. This challenge could be a well-managed bump in life or a mountain that creates severe changes and loss. Either way, this term should not be used to describe a person as weaker or lesser than anyone else! Every person has a purpose, uniqueness, and value, no matter what hurdles they may face. When we define invisible disability, it helps us understand the subtle differences and challenges each person experiences in their daily lives.

Also, just because a person has a disability, does not mean they are disabled. Many living with these challenges are still fully active in their work, families, sports or hobbies. Some with disabilities can work full or part-time, but struggle to get through their day, with little or no energy for other things. Others are unable to maintain gainful or substantial employment due to their disability, have trouble with daily living activities and need assistance with their care.

An individual with a disability is a person who: Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment (Disability Discrimination).

Furthermore, “A person is considered to have a disability if he or she has difficulty performing certain functions (seeing, hearing, talking, walking, climbing stairs and lifting and carrying), or has difficulty performing activities of daily living, or has difficulty with certain social roles (doing school work for children, working at a job and around the house for adults)”. Given this basic knowledge, it is easy to see how work to define invisible disability is both critical to helping so many who are overlooked but also daunting in scope.
Pie chart showing the 2027 disabled residents and 9843 non-disabled residents of Clearview
Total number of disabled individuals in Clearview = 2027

That means that over
17% of the residents of Clearview over the age of 14 suffer from some form of disability as defined and measured by Statscan.

With 1053 residents age 14 - 64 and  973 residents over the age of 65 suffering from some form of disability, surely it behooves council to ENSURE that STAFF respects the rights of the disabled and implement infrastructure changes to accommodate these numbers.