Profile of people with disabilities in County Laois

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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 Laois

Laois has a total population of 80,559 people.  13% of these, or 10,217 people, have a disability.5

Percentage of Laois population living with a disability by age group
Age Group Percentage of Laois population living with a disability
0-14 6%
15-24 9%
25-44 8%
45-64 18%
65+ 38%

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

Breakdown of population in Laois
Breakdown % Numbers of individuals
People with a disability 13% 10,217 people
People without a disability 87% 70,342 people

Breakdown of population in Laois - all info in previous table

Age profile of people with a disability in Laois
Age range Numbers of Individuals
0 – 14 1,138
15 – 24 806
25 – 44 2,174
45 – 64 3,005
65+ 3,094
Total 10,217

Types of disability in Laois

Types of disability in Laois 6
Type of disability Numbers of Individuals
Physical & Sensory 6,370
Intellectual Disability 3,473
Mental Health 1,662
Chronic Illness

4,699

Types of disability in Laois - all info in previous table

Employment in Laois

  • In Laois, of the number of people with a disability of working age, only 32% were at work.
  • This compares to 61% of people without a disability who were at work in the county.7

Education in Laois

  • 15% of people with a disability in Laois did not progress beyond primary education.  This compares to 4% of people without a disability.
  • 25% of people with a disability in Laois 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 Laois advanced to further education, compared to 52% of people without a disability
The highest level of education completed by people aged 15-49 in Laois, 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 15% 4%
Lower Secondary 25% 17%
Upper Secondary 23% 26%
Further Education 37% 52%

Education in Laois - 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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