Profile of people with disabilities in County Waterford

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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 Waterford

Waterford has a total population of 113,795 people.  14% of these, or 15,635 people, have a disability.5

Percentage of Waterford population living with a disability by age group
Age Group Percentage of Waterford population living with a disability
0-14 5%
15-24 8%
25-44 9%
45-64 17%
65+ 38%

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

Breakdown of population in Waterford
Breakdown % Numbers of individuals
People with a disability 14% 15,635 people
People without a disability 86% 98,160 people

Breakdown of population in Waterford - all info in previous table

Age profile of people with a disability in Waterford
Age range Numbers of Individuals
0 – 14 1,526
15 – 24 1,091
25 – 44 2,961
45 – 64 4,695
65+ 5,632
Total 15,635

Types of disability in Waterford

Types of disability in Waterford 6
Type of disability Numbers of Individuals
Physical & Sensory 10,489
Intellectual Disability 4,757
Mental Health 2,412
Chronic Illness 7,128

Types of disability in Waterford - all info in previous table

Employment in Waterford

  • In Waterford, of the number of people with a disability of working age, only 31% were at work.
  • This compares to 60% of people without a disability who were at work in the county.7

Education in Waterford

  • 15% of people with a disability in Waterford did not progress beyond primary education.  This compares to 4% of people without a disability.
  • 24% of people with a disability in Waterford 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 Waterford advanced to further education, compared to 56% of people without a disability
The highest level of education completed by people aged 15-49 in Waterford, 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 24% 16%
Upper Secondary 22% 24%
Further Education 39% 56%

Education in Waterford - 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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