Profile of people with disabilities in County Carlow

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Almost 600,000 people in Ireland have a disability: here are some national facts and figures

  • 595,355 people reported having a disability in 2011; that’s 13% of the population of Ireland. 1
  • Of people aged 15 and over with a disability, 21% were at work.  This compares to 50% for the overall population aged 15 and over who were at work.2
  • 16% of people with disabilities aged 15-49 had completed no higher than primary level education, compared with 5% for the general population in this age group.3
  • 15% of people who have a chronic illness or health problem are at risk of poverty.4

Focus on County Carlow

Carlow has a total population of 54,612 people.  14% of these, or 7,482 people, have a disability.5

Percentage of Carlow population living with a disability by age group
Age Group Percentage of Carlow population living with a disability
0-14 6%
15-24 8%
25-44 9%
45-64 19%
65+ 39%

Percentage of Carlow population living with a disability by age group  - all info in previous table

Breakdown of population in Carlow
Breakdown % Numbers of individuals
People with a disability 14% 7482 people
People without a disability 86% 47,130 people

Breakdown of population in Carlow - all info in previous table

Age profile of people with a disability in Carlow
Age range Numbers of Individuals
0 – 14 715
15 – 24 557
25 – 44 1,455
45 – 64 2,328
65+ 2,427
Total 7,482

Types of disability in Carlow

Types of disability in Carlow 6
Type of disability Numbers of Individuals
Physical & Sensory 4,746
Intellectual Disability 2,406
Mental Health 1,125
Chronic Illness 3,440

Types of disability in Carlow - all info in previous table

Employment in Carlow

  • In Carlow, of the number of people with a disability of working age, only 27% were at work.
  • This compares to 57% of people without a disability who were at work in the county.7

Education in Carlow

  • 16% of people with a disability in Carlow did not progress beyond primary education.  This compares to 5% of people without a disability.
  • 26% of people with a disability in Carlow ceased education at lower secondary level.  Just 17% of people without a disability left education at this level.
  • Only 37% of people with a disability in Carlow advanced to further education, compared to 54% of people without a disability
The highest level of education completed by people aged 15-49 in Carlow, both with and without a disability, whose education has now ceased 8
Qualifications % of People with a Disability % of People without a Disability
No qualifications beyond Primary 16% 5%
Lower Secondary 26% 17%
Upper Secondary 20% 24%
Further Education 37% 54%

Education in Carlow - all info in previous table

Sources

  1. Census 2011
  2. Census 2011, Profile 8 – Our Bill of Health
  3. Census 2011, Profile 8 – Our Bill of Health
  4.  A Social Portrait of People with Disabilities in Ireland (2011). Economic and Social Research Institute.
  5.  All calculations are formulated from Census 2011 information.                                                                                                                         
  6. The figure for Intellectual Disability includes intellectual disability and a difficulty with learning, remembering or concentrating.  Physical and sensory includes blindness or serious vision impairment, deafness or serious hearing impairment, and a difficulty with basic physical activities.
  7. These calculations are based on persons with and without a disability of working age (15-64), and total number of people with and without a disability at work.
  8. No qualifications beyond primary includes no formal education and primary education.  Further education includes technical and vocational, advanced certificate, completed apprenticeships, higher certificates, Ordinary and Honours degrees, postgraduates and Ph.Ds.

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