Census shows increase in children with disability, but even more are still uncounted.

Sally Robinson, Karen R. Fisher

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The 2016 Census has revealed an increase in the number of children with disability, up nearly 40,000 since 2011. One explanation is that the census now counts disability differently, which is more in line with the way many children and families view disability.

But other children continue to miss out on support because they do not name their needs as “disability”. And services don’t yet have adequate funding for even the revealed number of children, so other children who require assistance are left out.

A census that counts people who identify as having a disability, as well as those who need support, could help resolve these problems.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Conversation Media Group
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • disability
  • NDIS
  • disability support
  • Census 2016


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