ONS Social Survey Division
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Frequency of release: Ad-hoc
Geographical coverage: GB
Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County
The Life Opportunities Survey (LOS) explores disability in terms of the barriers to participation that people experience.
Of all adults with at least one impairment at Wave One, 34 per cent were found to have offset from impairment, that is, they no longer reported any impairment at Wave Two.
Of all adults with at least one impairment at Wave One, 66 per cent reported at least one impairment at Wave Two. However, there was a great deal of change in the types of impairments these adults reported at Wave One and at Wave Two.
Of all adults without an impairment at Wave One, around 8 per cent were found to have acquired at least one impairment at Wave Two.
The findings presented are based on longitudinal data collected from the first two waves of the survey.
Respondents to the LOS were interviewed for the first time in wave one (between June 2009 and March 2010) and then followed up in wave two (June 2010 to March 2012), approximately one year after their initial interview.
Comparison of how disabled and non-disabled people participate in society in a number of life areas. This report will present findings from Wave Two of the survey, focusing on changes since Wave One.