Negative attitudes, poor access to support or transport, limited opportunities for work.
Disabled people tell us that these things matter. They lead to discrimination, to prejudice and to being seen as an afterthought.
“The things that people say to you never go away. There have been times where bad attitudes have made me ask, what’s the point?” – Marie
People with invisible impairments still struggle for people to ‘believe’ their condition is real.
On buses, trains and planes we’re often denied equal service and equal treatment.
When we want to go on a night out, the disabled toilet is often an extra storage cupboard, because we’re not thought of as customers.
The scale of the issue
Our latest research shows how many disabled people feel and experience this.
We spoke to disabled people right across Britain to find out about their day-to-day lives – what makes them happy, what angers or frustrates them and what they want to get out of life.
We wanted to understand what equality means to disabled people today, and we wanted to start from what disabled people think and feel, and how important independence is to them.
Overwhelmingly disabled people told us they want to be independent, to have confidence and to be connected through friends, family, colleagues and communities.
Yet for too many disabled people this isn’t the case.
“I’ve been excluded from social situations or activities due to my condition. People make assumptions about what I am able to do. It’s really frustrating.” – Shani
Earlier this year, Opinium polled 2,000 disabled adults for Scope and found:
- 49 per cent of disabled people said they feel excluded by society
- Just 23 per cent said they felt valued by society
- On top of this, only 42 per cent of disabled people believe the UK is a good place for disabled people
These statistics make it obvious that the fight for disability equality is far from over.
Throughout the last century we’ve seen action that has led to dramatic changes in our society, but our research demonstrates that there is still a way to go until all disabled people are able to live the lives they choose free from discrimination and low expectations.
At Scope we want to change this.
Whilst we might have protection in law, at Scope we know there is still a way to go until until all disabled people can enjoy equality.
Be a Disability Gamechanger
We have launched our new campaign calling on all those who want to work with us to show their support for disability equality. It doesn’t matter if you’re a bus driver, a politician, a teacher or an employer. You can all make a difference.
We can’t do it alone. We know that we are stronger as a movement, as a community and as a force for change, when we work together.
If you, like us, want to end this inequality, join our campaign today.
James Taylor is Head of Campaigns, Public Affairs and Policy at Scope. This blog was originally posted here.