Acquired Disabilities

What is ‘Acquired’ Disability?

‘Acquired’ disability is a disability that has developed during the person’s lifetime – that is as a result of an accident or illness rather than a disability the person was born with.

It is estimated that about 85% of working-age people with a disability have acquired their disability over their lifetime (NDA, 2004). 

There is no definitive list of acquired disabilities. Acquired disabilities can be visible and invisible.

Examples of acquired disability issues include:

Accident related injuries

  • Head trauma
  • Spinal injuries
  • Loss of vision
  • Loss of hearing
  • Injured / loss of limbs

Illness and health related

  • Post stroke
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Motor Neurone Disease              
  • Mental Illness
  • Stress