HC Deb 24 March 1975 vol 889 cc9-10W
Mr. Kilfedder

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

Mr. Moyle:

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

Disability Number of Persons
Blind 2,442
Partially sighted 828
Deaf without speech 526
Deaf with speech 354
Hard of hearing 445
Organic nervous diseases—epilepsy,disseminated sclerosis, poliomyelitis, etc. 1,788
Neuroses, psychoses and other nervous and mental disorders not included in organic nervous diseases 1,554
Other disabilities—amputation, arthritis, rheumatism, injuries, etc. 5,485
Total 13,422

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.

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