One in Four New Zealanders disabled

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The latest census figures show that 1 out of every 4 New Zealanders are classified as medically disabled.

A Disability Survey released on Tuesday identifies 1.1 million New Zealanders as having a disability. This is up from 20 per cent in 2001.

The study found that 11 per cent of children are limited in their daily activities by a range of impairments. These ranged from minor learning impairments to serious physical conditions.

Study organiser Diane Ramsay said New Zealand’s ageing and long-living population was the largest single contributor to the large statistic.
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