What are the key issues?
People with physical disabilities should be supported to enable then to live as independently as possible and achieve their full potential.
With the predicted older population increase of around 4,000 every five years to 2025 and a predicted further increase of 5,000 to 2030 (Source:POPPI) there will be a proportionate increase in physical disabilities as a result of the aging process.
Many people with a physical disability also have a learning disability. Appropriate support needed to help the person cope with their physical disability should be addressed equally.
People with physical disabilities are more prone to mental health problems due to the problems they face as a result of their disability and the barriers caused by society.
Prejudice, hostile or benevolent, still exists towards people with a physical disability.
Services, facilities and training / education should be easily accessible to people with a physical disability.
The number of people aged 18-64 who have a moderate physical disability in 2015 is not predicted to rise from 2011 levels but by 2020 there is a predicted rise of 1.5% on 2011 levels. The levels are then predicted to fall again by 3% from 2020 to 2030.
The number of people aged 18-64 who have a severe physical disability is predicted to fall slightly by 0.6% in 2015 but rise again by 2020 by 2.1% on 2011 levels. There is then a predicted fall of 3% from 2020 to 2030.
There is concern that services for adults with physical disabilities will come under considerable pressure due to the current economic climate and budget deficit measures particularly when there is no predicted increase of number of people with physical disabilities in the next few years.
Key outcomes have been identified in ‘Fulfilling Potential: making it happen' (2014)
An efficiency, improvement and transformation review of all services is being undertaken which will highlight service gaps and areas in need of development.