General Disability: The Facts DFI Factsheet - General Facts
Issued on July 4 2017
Disability happens more than you imagine
In 2012, 12% of the population above the age of 15 had a disability.
1 in 10 working age adults have a disability (15-64 years).
Disability is age related: 3 in 5 people aged over 60 have at least one chronic condition.
132,000 people with disabilities were living in consistent poverty in 2015.
The budget for disability services was reduced by €159.4m or 9.4% between 2008 and 2015.
31% of working-age people with a disability were at work compared to 71% of those without a disability.
1 in 4 children in Ireland have special education needs. Many of these children have long waits to have their needs assessed. Parents who can afford a private assessment are more likely to get special education resources than other parents.
The number of households with a social housing need, with household member(s) having an enduring physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual disability, increased from 3,919 in 2013 to 4,456 in 2016, an increase of 13.7%.
Almost 50% of people living with a physical disability experience difficulty when going outside the home alone.
1 in 4 people with a disability do not use public transport for accessibility reasons.
 Irish Health Survey, CSO, 2015
 Census 2011, Small Area Population Statistics
 CSO, Census, 2011
 CSO (2017) (SILC) 2015, Table 2.
 Watson, D., Lawless, M., and Maitre, B. (2017)
 A study on the prevalence of special education needs: NCSE Research report No.9 J. Banks and S. McCoy ESRI, 2011
 Duncan, P. (2015) Affluent areas get more special needs teaching hours. The Irish Times
 The Housing Agency (2016) Summary of Social Housing Assesments 2016
 CSO (2006) National Disability Survey
 Watson, D. & Nolan, B. (2011)