National Survey of Public Attitudes to Disability in Ireland 2011

(04 Sep 2011)

The survey builds on previous surveys conducted by the National Disability Authority in 2001 and 2006, and covers a range of topics including knowledge of disability and attitudes to disability within the workplace, schools and in the neighbourhood. It is based on a representative sample of 1039 adults aged 18+, plus a booster sample of 256 people with disabilities. Interviews were conducted on a face-to-face basis in respondent’s homes. Respondents are relatively less comfortable having a work colleague with mental health difficulties compared with other disabilities, with the same true for people with disabilities living in respondents’ neighbourhoods. Compared to a previous survey conducted in 2006, there was a hardening of attitudes to people with disabilities. In particular, a significant group were reluctant to see children with disabilities schooled with their own children.

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