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Estimating the Economic Cost of Disability in Ireland



Type: Report
Region: Northern Ireland

In considering the extent and impact of disability it is important to understand the association between disability and poverty. Interventions to promote the wellbeing and social inclusion of people with disabilities include policies to ensure adequate income for people living with disabilities or those caring for a person with a disability. Despite this the proportion of disabled or long-term ill in Ireland who are in households at risk of poverty is twice that of households with no disability or long-term illness (Gannon and Nolan, 2007). Similarly, these households are twice as likely to be deprived of basic items such as clothes, food or heat. In this context addressing the extra economic costs of disability seems a logical step towards alleviating elements of social exclusion for people with disabilities.



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Suggested citation:

ESRI. (2008) Estimating the Economic Cost of Disability in Ireland [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 20th November 2019].


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