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Half of Disabled People Still Experience Discrimination

 A new study by the charity Scope has reflected the changing attitudes towards disabled people over the last 20 years, revealing how people with disabilities still feel as though they are living a world apart.

In 1994, just over a third of disabled people said they experienced verbal abuse, with a similar number refused a service in a public place. Shockingly, half of disabled people are still reporting discrimination in shops and almost a third when using leisure facilities.

Not only are people with disabilities far less likely to be in work despite being loyal and hardworking employees, almost two-thirds of those who develop a disability have lost their job within two years.

Around eight in ten disabled people reported feeling excluded from enjoying things that others take for granted.

According to Scope’s Disability in Britain: Then and Now:

  • Half of disabled people (49%) report having experienced discrimination in shops.
  • 31% reported such behaviour when attending leisure activities, such as cinemas and theatres.
  • 42% of disabled people felt that they had lost out on a job “every time” or “a lot of the time” because of the way the employers perceived their impairment.
  • 30% of disabled people reported being “stared at” because of their disability while out.
  • While 37% of disabled children felt worried about being bullied, only 17% of people said they had actually been called names, a vast improvement from 1994 (38%.)

So in the wake of the Paralympics and talks of changing attitudes, why are disabled people still feeling as excluded as they were 20 years ago?

Chair of Scope, Alice Maynard explained:

“The big change for disabled people in the last twenty years is that we have higher expectations for our lives than ever before. That’s mainly down to disabled people’s own campaigns. Change can really happen – the last 20 years are proof of that. Whether it’s representing your country as an athlete, starring in a national television drama, or being elected to office, we know that disabled people can aim high and succeed. But many still see such disabled people as the heroic exception and public understanding of what disability is, and the challenges disabled people face on a daily basis, is limited. This means that, in 2014, disabled people’s everyday lives are tougher than they need to be.”

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