Profile of people with disabilities in County Sligo

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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 Sligo

Sligo has a total population of 65,393 people.  14% of these, or 9,248 people, have a disability.5

Percentage of Sligo population living with a disability by age group
Age Group Percentage of Sligo population living with a disability
0-14 6%
15-24 8%
25-44 9%
45-64 16%
65+ 38%

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

Breakdown of population in Sligo
Breakdown % Numbers of individuals
People with a disability 14% 9,248 people
People without a disability 86% 56,145 people

Breakdown of population in Sligo - all info in previous table

Age profile of people with a disability in Sligo
Age range Numbers of Individuals
0 – 14 726
15 – 24 702
25 – 44 1,665
45 – 64 2,691
65+ 3,464
Total 9,248

Types of disability in Sligo

Types of disability in Sligo 6
Type of disability Numbers of Individuals
Physical & Sensory 6,403
Intellectual Disability 3,377
Mental Health 1,598
Chronic Illness 4,173

Types of disability in Sligo - all info in previous table

Employment in Sligo

  • In Sligo, of the number of people with a disability of working age, only 33% were at work.
  • This compares to 62% of people without a disability who were at work in the county.7

Education in Sligo

  • 20% of people with a disability in Sligo did not progress beyond primary education.  This compares to 4% of people without a disability.
  • 19% of people with a disability in Sligo ceased education at lower secondary level.  Just 13% of people without a disability left education at this level.
  • Only 41% of people with a disability in Sligo advanced to further education, compared to 60% of people without a disability
The highest level of education completed by people aged 15-49 in Sligo, 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 20% 4%
Lower Secondary 19% 13%
Upper Secondary 20% 23%
Further Education 41% 60%

Education in Sligo - 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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