Profile of people with disabilities in County Kerry

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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 Kerry

Kerry has a total population of 145,502 people.  13% of these, or 19,168 people, have a disability.5

Percentage of Kerry population living with a disability by age group
Age Group Percentage of Kerry population living with a disability
0-14 5%
15-24 8%
25-44 8%
45-64 15%
65+ 35%

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

Breakdown of population in Kerry
Breakdown % Numbers of individuals
People with a disability 13% 19,168 people
People without a disability 87% 126,334 people

Breakdown of population in Kerry - all info in previous table

Age profile of people with a disability in Kerry
Age range Numbers of Individuals
0 – 14 1,586
15 – 24 1,328
25 – 44 3,409
45 – 64 5,453
65+ 7,392
Total 19,168

Types of disability in Kerry

Types of disability in Kerry 6
Type of disability Numbers of Individuals
Physical & Sensory 13,058
Intellectual Disability 6,309
Mental Health 2,921
Chronic Illness 8,334

Types of disability in Kerry - all info in previous table

Employment in Kerry

  • In Kerry, of the number of people with a disability of working age, only 31% were at work.
  • This compares to 62% of people without a disability who were at work in the county.7

Education in Kerry

  • 17% of people with a disability in Kerry did not progress beyond primary education.  This compares to 4% of people without a disability.
  • 23% of people with a disability in Kerry ceased education at lower secondary level.  Just 16% of people without a disability left education at this level.
  • Only 39% of people with a disability in Kerry advanced to further education, compared to 57% of people without a disability
The highest level of education completed by people aged 15-49 in Kerry, 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 17% 4%
Lower Secondary 23% 16%
Upper Secondary 21% 23%
Further Education 39% 57%

Education in Kerry - 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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