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Appendix 1: About the New Zealand Disability Survey

The New Zealand Disability Survey is currently the most comprehensive source of information about disabled people living in New Zealand. We have conducted a disability survey after every census of population and dwellings since 1996.

We conducted the 2013 Disability Survey from July to October 2013, with a sample of 23,000 children and adults living in private households or group homes (of fewer than five people), and approximately 1,000 adults living in residential care facilities. We did not include information about adults living in residential care facilities in this report, except in chapter 3 which provides an overview of disability among Māori.

The objective of the 2013 Disability Survey was to answer the following research questions.

  1. What is the prevalence of disability in New Zealand, and how does it vary across key subgroups in the population, defined on the basis of age group, sex, and ethnic group?
  2. To what extent do the social and economic outcomes of disabled people differ from those of non-disabled people? How do outcomes vary between different groups within the disabled population?
  3. To what extent are the needs of disabled people currently met? What level and type of support do they need to perform daily activities?
  4. What factors facilitate or hinder the participation of disabled people in important life areas (learning opportunities, paid work, civic society)?
  5. Who are the main carers of disabled people and what types of support do they provide?

This report uses data from the 2013 Disability Survey and the 2013 Census of Population and Dwellings.

To shorten the length of interviews, some of a respondent’s census data was added to their responses from the Disability Survey. This information includes labour force participation, income, educational qualifications, and occupation.

Information collected in the survey is self-reported or reported on behalf of a disabled person by their parent or main caregiver.

We have also used some data from the 2001 Disability Survey in this report. Note that we have reweighted the data for 2001 using population estimates based on the 2006 Census. We did this to increase comparability with 2013, which we also weighted using population estimates based on the 2006 Census.

See Disability Survey: 2013 for more information.

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