Disability in India: an overview

Praween Kumar Agrawal, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)

In India with low per capita income and slow economic growth rate, disabled population is a matter of concern. In this paper, demographic and socio-economic analysis of disability has been done using data from National Family Health Survey, 1992-93. Multivariate analysis has been carried out to have an insight into the demographic an occupational status of the disabled population among the different socio-economic groups. The overall prevalence of partial blindness and complete blindness is 2585 and 416 (per 100000 population) respectively. Age shows highly positive correlation with blindness. Prevalence of persons with physically impaired limbs is 639 per 100000 population. People impaired by legs are more than double than people impaired by hand. Males were found to be more physically impaired by limbs than females (776 compared to 494 per 100000 population). Logistic regression results substantiate the significant differential of disabled persons by education, age and sex.

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Presented in Poster Session 4