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Disability Profile: County Wexford1

Population

15% of the population of Wexford, or 22,650 people have at least one disability.

Age

Their age profile is:

0-14 2220

15 – 24 1779

25 – 44 4021

45 – 64 6683

65+ 7947

Type of Disability

People in Wexford reported having the following types of disabilities and conditions:

A difficulty with pain, breathing, or any other chronic illness or condition

10,612

Difficulties with basic physical activities

9,338

Learning difficulty

5,610

Mental health

4,195

Deafness or serious hearing impairment

3,809

Intellectual disability

2,311

Blindness or a serious vision impairment

1,801



Education2

In 2016, only 10% of people who have a disability were in education compared to 14% of the general population in Wexford.3 For those whose education had finished:4

  • 33% did not progress beyond primary education compared to 17% of the general population.

  • Only 16% had completed upper secondary compared to 21% of the general population.

  • Only 14% had completed further education compared to 17% of the general population.

  • Only 15% had completed higher level education compared to 26% of the general population.

Employment

  • 19% of people who have a disability were at work compared to 49% of the general population.

Transport

  • 19% of people who have a disability did not have access to a car or van compared to 9% of the general population.

Housing

  • 13% of people who have a disability lived in social housing compared to 9% of the general population.5

1 All statistics in this infographic are based on Census 2016 data from www.cso.ie.

2 Primary and less includes no formal education, further education includes vocational/technical certificate and advanced certificate/ completed apprenticeship, higher education includes Higher Certificate, Ordinary/Honours Bachelor, Postgraduate Diploma/Degree, and Doctorate. Data based on special tabulation from CSO and Statbank.

3 % of total education ceased and not ceased, and for people aged 15 years and over.

4 Data is for highest level of education completed for people with a disability whose education has ceased.

5 People aged 15 years and over, who were renting from a Local Authority or a Voluntary Body.