What are the individual characteristics of Quebecers with disabilities who have an unmet need for assistance?

Québec, May 24, 2016 – The Institut de la statistique du Québec released today the latest Zoom santé bulletin, which addresses the unmet needs for assistance of people with disabilities aged 15 years and older for everyday activities or domestic activities. Conducted by the Institut in collaboration with the Office des personnes handicapées du Québec, this study aims to determine whether sex, age, severity of disability and type of disability are related to unmet needs for assistance.

The results indicate that a quarter of Quebecers living with a disability require assistance to carry out everyday or domestic activities, and that a little over half of them experience an unmet need for assistance. In addition, young people aged 15 to 34 were more likely to lack assistance or even have none, regardless of the type of activity.

The results also show that men were more likely to have unmet needs for assistance for basic everyday activities, while those with “very severe” disabilities had a higher probability of having unmet needs for assistance for domestic activities.

The study is based on data from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Survey on Disability (2012).


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