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Disabled Persons

Volume 889: debated on Monday 24 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many disabled persons there are in the Province, classified by the various types of disablement.

The numbers of disabled persons included on registers maintained by health and social services boards are as follows.

DisabilityNumber of Persons
Blind2,442
Partially sighted828
Deaf without speech526
Deaf with speech354
Hard of hearing445
Organic nervous diseases—epilepsy,disseminated sclerosis, poliomyelitis, etc.1,788
Neuroses, psychoses and other nervous and mental disorders not included in organic nervous diseases1,554
Other disabilities—amputation, arthritis, rheumatism, injuries, etc.5,485
Total13,422
These figures exclude approximately 6,500 mentally handicapped persons registered as in need of special care. Moreover, since regisration on the part of the disabled person is voluntary, as in Great Britain, the figures do not represent the total number of physically disabled persons in the Province. Many persons who are not registered are receiving health and personal social services provided by the boards.