Unequal opportunities; data on adults with disabilities
Some disabled people do not get the same opportunities as non-disabled people. Disabled people have lower incomes, are less likely to have higher qualifications and are more likely to be unemployed.
The inequalities disabled people face are not inevitable.
We can reduce or even eliminate them.
You can read about some of the inequalities here. (PDF 160kb).
There is also more data below. The data is from the 2013 Disability Survey, which you can read here.
Data alone does not tell the whole story. You also need to hear the voices of disabled people. One way you can do this is to read the recent Disabled Persons Organisation's draft Shadow Report.
Disability increases with age, but all age ranges have a significant number of disabled people.
Overall there is an estimated 1.1 million disabled people in New Zealand. Around one in four of the population!
Below is data on gender, ethnicity and disability rates. Māori males are over represented at all ages.
Note, some of the data for Pacific peoples and Asian people is unreliable because of low sample sizes.
Disabled people are less likely to be in the labour force and more likely to be unemployed.
Not in the labour force means you do not have a job and do not want one. Unemployed means you do not have a job, but want one.
Disabled people are over represented in physically demanding occupations. This could reflect higher rates of injury in these occupations.
As a result of disabled people having higher unemployment, disabled people have lower personal incomes. If you want to know about household incomes, check out the data sheet
Disabled people are discriminated against more than non-disabled people. This causes some of the inequality in employment and education.
Only a minority experience active discrimination, however. We can address this discrimination and greatly reduce the inequality some disabled people face.
To read more have a look at these blogs:
If you tolerate this talks about employment discrimination.
What's happening to my dream talks about the politics of exclusion.
I am here talks about research where twelve people with high and complex needs told their story
Welfare reform; real change or tilting at windmills talks about welfare reform and employment.