Census to highlight data on Persons with Disabilities
11:46 Thu Dec 07, 2017
Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Maggie Boyle
The results of the 2017 census is expected to be released soon and one of the key features will be the information in relation to persons with disabilities.
Bureau of Statistics Senior Statistician Emali Soderberg says in addition to the eight modules that formed the census questionnaire, there was a specific section for households to ascertain data on people with functioning challenges.
“In 2007, it was just a question at a household level, we just generally asked if there was anyone here with a disability it was either a yes or no. This time around every person was asked, well actually every member of the household had that question asked about them, whether they had difficulty seeing, hearing, self-care and so on and that’s actually very good for us because it’s the first time we’ll get information on that.”
Soderberg adds the information will mean for the first time there will be national figures on persons with disabilities, the type of disabilities, and the breakdown among age, gender, ethnicity and province as well as educational attainment and whether or not they are in gainful employment.
The census 2017 findings is expected to be released by the end of this month.
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