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Release: Life Opportunities Survey, Understanding Disability Wave Two, Part II

Released: 10 April 2014


Joanna Bulman

ONS Social Survey Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455914

Categories: Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Disability and Self-reported Health, Health Inequalities, People and Places, Communities, Cohesion and Participation

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: GB

Geographical breakdown: Region

  • Most adults were restricted from participating in at least one life area, regardless of whether they have impairment(s) or not.

  • Adults with impairment at both waves were most likely to have a participation restriction in the areas of work, economic life, transport, and accessibility outside the home.

  • Having an impairment appeared to be associated with experiencing participation restriction in various life areas.

  • A summary of barriers experienced is provided in What barriers do people face when accessing work, transport, education and training?

LOS Annex 1 - Weighting (136.9 Kb Pdf)

The findings presented are based on longitudinal data collected from the first two waves of the survey. Initial findings were published in the Part I Report.

Since publication of initial findings in the Part I report improvements have been made to the LOS weighting method (136.9 Kb Pdf) . The improvement was made in order to address the downward bias in the estimates of onset of impairment rates present (and acknowledged) in the previously published results. Estimates included in this report have been calculated using the new weights. All previously published longitudinal results were revised  on 10th April 2014.

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.

This report will present findings from Wave Two of the survey, focusing on changes since Wave One- exploring how adults are restricted in taking part in different areas of their life and the specific barriers they encounter.

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