Canadian Women More Likely Than Men to Experience Mobility Issues

A recent report by Statistics Canada found that nearly 2.1 million women (14.9%) compared to 1.7 million men (12.5%) aged 15 or older reported having one or more disabilities, mobility issues, that limited them in their daily activities. About half (49.9%) of women with disabilities had disabilities considered to be severe or very severe, as opposed to disabilities that are mild or moderate.

At Share Lawyers, our long term disability lawyers know these statistics are more than just numbers. With more than 35 years of experience, we’ve seen how the lives of many individuals are affected by disability. We have worked with many who have challenges living, working, and moving through the world.

Pain, flexibility, & mobility most common in women

Disability symptoms including reduced flexibility, pain, and reduced mobility are most commonly reported amongst women. Chronic pain and mobility issues can make it difficult or impossible for some individuals to work and can cause some to feel socially isolated. Isolation can coincide with mental health issues like depression and anxiety, which also make working a major challenge.

Women with disabilities more likely to live alone or be single parents

Women with disabilities are more likely to live alone, therefore, often need outside supports. They are more likely to be single parents - this is no exception for women with disabilities - meaning they are often the sole breadwinner for the household. For those finding they are no longer able to work because of their disability, this makes long term disability benefits all the more essential.

Women More Likely to Need Help with Appointments, Housework, & Heavy Household Chores

Women with disabilities report a higher rate of needing help with heavy household chores, housework, getting to and from appointments, and preparing meals. When a woman with a disability receives the support she needs, she is more likely to participate in everyday activities, and take the time to recover from injuries or illness.

At Share Lawyers, we see clients when they are first denied their LTD benefits and they feel like there is nothing they can do. Getting the resources they need, including time away from work, is essential. We are dedicated to ensuring those individuals are able to access the benefits they need.

Women with disabilities more likely to need workplace accommodations

Women with disabilities are less likely to receive workplace accommodations to make it easier or even possible to work. Only 47% of women with mobility disabilities who need accommodations like handrails, ramps, widened doorways, or hallways reported having these accommodations, as opposed to 68.3% of men. All too often individuals with disabilities do not have the resources they need to work.

The realities for women with disabilities, especially those with mobility disabilities, can often be a barrier to their ability to work. At Share Lawyers, we can attest to the fact there are many individuals of all genders who are denied the disability benefits they need, and we’ve dedicated our mission to fight for those in need.

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