Disability happens more than you imagine:
- In Census 2011, 595,355 people recorded having a disability, equivalent to 13% of the population of Ireland.
- However, the National Disability Survey (2006) which uses a broader definition of disability and chronic illness recorded a disability rate of 18%, comparable to other developed countries.
- At least 1 in 10 adults of working age have a disability (15-64 years)  .
- Disability is age-related and increases sharply with age. Just 5% of children between 0-14 years have a disability compared to 38% of adults over 65 years (Census 2011).
- Approximately 4,000 people with disabilities still live in institutions or psychiatric hospitals.