Inclusion of the Disabled
Degree of Inclusion of persons with disabilities into society
B. How to measure
The percentage of respondents who answered “To what extent can we embrace persons with disabilities as group members?”
*The answers consist of: 1. Unacceptable, 2. Neighbor, 3. Co-worker, 4. Close friend, 5. Spouse
C. Features and Sources
Category Sub-Category Sub-Subcategory Type of Indicator Reference Data Sources First year data available Periodicity Rights to Equality Discrimination Factors Disability Subjective/Result Korea Institute of Public Administration Korea Social Integration Survey 2013 1 year
People with disabilities are classified as a representative vulnerable group because they have difficulties in daily life or social situations due to their lack of physical or mental ability. Embracing these vulnerable groups means that members of a society accept vulnerable groups into their social sphere. There still appears to be a factor of psychological distance when we look at the figure that shows the highest proportion being “neighbors” when the respondents were asked how closely they could embrace persons with disabilities. However, when we look at the changes between 2013 and 2015, we can see that the proportion of “unacceptable” is very low, and the figure of “work colleagues” and “close friends” increased. This proves that society is increasingly embracing people with disabilities over time. However, since the number of respondents who answered that they would accept a disabled person as a “spouse” is still low, it is necessary for the state, as well as society, to work together so that persons with disabilities can be accepted as members of community.