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More than half of people with disabilities would like to work more, a major study of the lives of the lives of those with physical impairments has found.

3:09PM GMT 09 Dec 2010

While 26 per cent of the general population said they were “limited in the type or amount of paid work they did”, the proportion among those with disabilities was 56 per cent.

The most significant unique barrier to work among unemployed, disabled people was “anxiety and lack of confidence”, which 19 per cent cited.

The report, by the Office for National Statistics, also found that disproportionate numbers of disabled adults said they had limited opportunities to learn, meet people and enjoy leisure activities.

The vast majority of adults with disabilities (83 per cent) had limited participation in leisure, social and cultural activities and almost a quarter (24 per cent) had limited social contact.

Meanwhile, households containing disabled people were more likely to be financially stressed.

Almost half of households where at least one person had a disability (45 per cent) were unable to afford expenses or make loan repayments, compares to 29 per cent of households where no-one had an impairment.

According to the ONS’s Life Opportunities Survey, a quarter (26 per cent) of Britain’s adult population is disabled, as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act.

Source:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8191777/Disabled-people-want-to-work-more-ONS-study-finds.html



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