ONS publishes Life Opportunities Survey Interim Report

From the ONS website.

 

The interim findings of a major survey, which explores disability in terms of social barriers to participation, is published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Life Opportunities Survey (LOS) is a new large-scale survey of disability in Great Britain. It is the first major social survey in Great Britain to explore disability in terms of social barriers to participation, rather than only measuring disability in terms of impairments or health conditions. In addition, an estimate of people with rights according to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) is provided.

LOS is run by ONS on behalf of the Office for Disability Issues (ODI).

 

Key findings:

The key findings of LOS between June 2009 and March 2010 are presented below.

 

Disabled people

29 per cent of adults had an impairment.

26 per cent of adults were disabled, as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

Participation restrictions for key life areas

On LOS, an adult has a participation restriction if they experience at least one social barrier to taking part in at least one life area.

 
• 17 per cent of adults with impairments experienced participation restrictions in their learning opportunities compared with 9 per cent of adults without impairments

• 56 per cent of adults with impairments experienced restrictions in the type or amount of paid work they did, compared with 26 per cent of adults without impairments

• 74 per cent of adults with impairments experienced restrictions in using transport compared with 58 per cent of adults without impairments

• 45 per cent of households where at least one person had an impairment were unable to afford expenses or make loan repayments. This compares with 29 per cent of households without any people with impairments

• 83 per cent of adults with impairments experienced a participation restriction in leisure, social and cultural activities compared with 78 per cent of adults without impairments

• 24 per cent of adults with impairments experienced a participation restriction to social contact (that is, being able to meet with close contacts as much as they would like) compared with 22 per cent of adults without impairments

• 12 per cent of adults with impairments experienced difficulty accessing rooms within their home or difficulty getting in or out of their home compared with 1 per cent of adults without impairments

• 29 per cent of adults with impairments experienced a participation restriction to accessing buildings outside their home compared with 7 per cent of adults without impairments

 

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