Life Opportunities Survey of disability

In December 2010, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the ‘Life Opportunities Survey Interim Report’.

The Life Opportunities Survey (LOS) is a new large-scale survey of disability in Great Britain and the first major social survey to explore disability in terms of social barriers to participation, rather than only measuring disability in terms of impairments or health conditions.

Some of the key findings are:

  • 17 per cent of adults with impairments experienced participation restrictions in their learning opportunities compared with 9 per cent of adults without impairments
  • 56 per cent of adults with impairments experienced restrictions in the type or amount of paid work they did, compared with 26 per cent of adults without impairments
  • 74 per cent of adults with impairments experienced restrictions in using transport compared with 58 per cent of adults without impairments

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