Profile of people with disabilities in County Offaly

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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 Offaly

Offaly has a total population of 76,687 people.  13% of these, or 10,253 people, have a disability.5

Percentage of Offaly population living with a disability by age group
Age Group Percentage of Offaly population living with a disability
0-14 6%
15-24 7%
25-44 9%
45-64 17%
65+ 39%

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

Breakdown of population in Offaly
Breakdown % Numbers of individuals
People with a disability 13% 10,253 people
People without a disability 87% 66,434 people

Breakdown of population in Offaly - all info in previous table

Age profile of people with a disability in Offaly
Age range Numbers of Individuals
0 – 14 1,057
15 – 24 657
25 – 44 1,994
45 – 64 3,045
65+ 3,500
Total 10,253

Types of disability in Offaly

Types of disability in Offaly 6
Type of disability Numbers of Individuals
Physical & Sensory 6,833
Intellectual Disability 3,257
Mental Health 1,459
Chronic Illness 4,868

Types of disability in Offaly - all info in previous table

Employment in Offaly

  • In Offaly, of the number of people with a disability of working age, only 29% were at work.
  • This compares to 59% of people without a disability who were at work in the county.7

Education in Offaly

  • 17% of people with a disability in Offaly did not progress beyond primary education.  This compares to 5% of people without a disability.
  • 26% of people with a disability in Offaly ceased education at lower secondary level.  Just 18% of people without a disability left education at this level.
  • Only 35% of people with a disability in Offaly advanced to further education, compared to 50% of people without a disability
The highest level of education completed by people aged 15-49 in Offaly, 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% 5%
Lower Secondary 26% 18%
Upper Secondary 22% 26%
Further Education 35% 50%

Education in Offaly - 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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