Insights into the lives of children with disabilities
This research analysed data from the sample of children included in the National Disability Survey (2006).
The findings showed that boys were more likely than girls to have a disability, and there were a higher proportion of children with disabilities in lower socioeconomic groups and among one parent families. Most children with disabilities were educated in mainstream schools, but a higher proportion of children attended special schools at post-primary stage. Children with emotional, psychological or mental health impairments experienced a lack of social engagement with their peers, and were much more likely to have prolonged absences from school. The research is published jointly by the National Disability Authority and the ESRI.