Profile of people with disabilities in County Longford

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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 Longford

Longford has a total population of 39,000 people.  14% of these, or 5,404 people, have a disability.5

Percentage of Longford population living with a disability by age group
Age Group Percentage of Longford population living with a disability
0-14 5%
15-24 8%
25-44 9%
45-64 19%
65+ 38%

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

Breakdown of population in Longford
Breakdown % Numbers of individuals
People with a disability 14% 5,404 people
People without a disability 86% 33,596 people

Breakdown of population in Longford - all info in previous table

Age profile of people with a disability in Longford
Age range Numbers of Individuals
0 – 14 490
15 – 24 348
25 – 44 1,029
45 – 64 1,709
65+ 1,858
Total 5,404

Types of disability in Longford

Types of disability in Longford 6
Type of disability Numbers of Individuals
Physical & Sensory 3,688
Intellectual Disability 1,742
Mental Health 822
Chronic Illness 2,517

Types of disability in Longford - all info in previous table

Employment in Longford

  • In Longford, of the number of people with a disability of working age, only 30% were at work.
  • This compares to 59% of people without a disability who were at work in the county.7

Education in Longford

  • 21% of people with a disability in Longford did not progress beyond primary education.  This compares to 6% of people without a disability.
  • 22% of people with a disability in Longford ceased education at lower secondary level.  Just 16% of people without a disability left education at this level.
  • Only 36% of people with a disability in Longford advanced to further education, compared to 52% of people without a disability
The highest level of education completed by people aged 15-49 in Longford, 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 21% 6%
Lower Secondary 22% 16%
Upper Secondary 22% 26%
Further Education 36% 52%

Education in Longford - 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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