Disability prevalence in Ireland (2002-2016)

I put together a bunch of data visualizations on the percentage of people in Ireland categorized as ‘persons with disabilities’ as part of the national census. It’s based on records from the Central Statistics Office over a 14-year period, up to the most recent available census of 2016. According to census data, there was a 62% increase in the number of disabled people in Ireland between 2002 and 2016.

Doesn’t sound right, does it? (Spoiler: there aren’t 62% more disabled people. There are different ways of asking about disability, and some associated sociocultural shifts).


This was part of a Digital Humanities graduate module (Humanities & New Technologies) at UCC, led by Shawn Day. You can read the full article here.

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