National Survey on Attitudes to Disability in Ireland, 2017

The National Disability Authority (NDA) has today, November 29th,  launched their National Survey of Public Attitudes to Disability in Ireland. The report was launched by Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Disability, Mr. Finian McGrath. The NDA commissioned Behaviour & Attitudes (B&A) to conduct a nationally representative survey of 1,294 adults in 2017. This is the fourth such survey conducted by the NDA since 2001 and offers a rich portrait of public attitudes to disability and how they have changed over time.

The survey found that positive attitudes towards every kind of disability increased when compared to the 2011 findings, and have largely returned to, or exceeded the 2006 findings. However, people with mental health difficulties continued to experience more negative attitudes compared to other disability types.

The full report, executive summary, easy-to-read version and plain English version can be accessed here.