Survey on National Disability Strategy Indicators 2011

The National Disability Authority has been working on a suite of indicators to document the outcomes being achieved for people with disabilities under areas covered by the National Disability Strategy. The National Disability Strategy is a coordinated and planned approach, across Government Departments, to promote greater inclusion by people with disabilities in Irish society.

To complement the data available from official data sources, NDA commissioned a survey in 2011 with a particular focus on any difficulties people with disabilities had in getting to where they want to go, and on access to technology. The survey looked, among other matters, at access to transport, and at whether local facilities had steps into them. This survey was conducted by Ipsos MRBI, with a telephone sample of just under 2,000 people, of whom 450 were people living in households with someone with a disability. Broadly similar surveys were conducted for the NDA in 2009 (Red C) and 2004 (MRBI).

Key findings include

  • People living with disability are more likely to rely on public transport forms on a regular basis. Of those using the public bus, nearly 1 in 4 encounter difficulties. Difficulties getting to this form of transport is a key factor as well as ability to get on
  • About 1 in 4 disability households experience some level of difficulty when visiting places for leisure or business purposes, but only a small proportion have extreme difficulty
  • About 30% of all respondents reported there were steps into the doctor's surgery
  • People with a disability are less likely to use computers, internet, ATM machines than other people

A note on reliability of the survey

In any sample survey, there is a margin of error. It is customary to present results at what is called a 5% level of significance - in other words, there is only a 5% chance that the true results are outside the given margin of error.

For a sample size of 2,000, that margin of error is plus or minus 2.2%. In other words, if we have a finding that 50% of buildings have steps, the true figure is likely to be between 48% and 52%.

For a sample size of 450, our disability household sub-sample, the margin of error is plus or minus 4.6%. As disability is not a precise concept, the proportion of people with disabilities who are recorded, as in any such survey, is sensitive to the exact wording of the question used, and to how the questions were asked.


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