Disabled Children Tend to Live in Poverty

WARWICK, England, April 26 (UPI) — Children with physical and mental disabilities in Britain are more likely than others to live in poverty and poor housing, researchers said.

Study leader Dr. Clare Blackburn of the University of Warwick and colleagues examined data from the 2004/2005 Family Resources Survey, which involved data on 16,012 children in Britain from infancy to age 18.

The study, published in the journal BMC Pediatrics, found the highest prevalence of childhood physical and mental disabilities were among those with the lowest income.

“Households with disabled children have caregiving responsibilities that makes them far less able to seek employment and far less able to have any career progression for those who are able to also to take up job,” Blackburn said in a statement.

“With this reduced ability to earn an income comes the significant additional financial costs associated with caring for a disabled child. Given the relationship between positive health, social and education outcomes and poverty and material deprivation, improving the circumstances of disabled children is likely to be crucial.”

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