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Shocking statistics reveal % accused of faking being disabled in North West

Cher_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,741 Disability Gamechanger

Research conducted by Scope, released today by ITV news, reveals almost a quarter of disabled people in the North West have been accused of faking their impairment. Have you?

Haydn Smith the co-founder of Happy Smiles Training being interviewed about the research findings

The research goes on to reveal:
  • 68% of disabled people in North West have experienced negative attitudes in the past 5 years.
  • 12% said they'd been verbally abused.
Haydn Smith, pictured above is the co-founder of Happy Smiles Training, and aims to challenge perceptions of disabled people, subverting negative associations into more positive, less stigmatised views. 

Over to you:

  • Have you ever been accused of faking your impairment?
  • Have you ever seen another person being publically accused or challenged?
  • How do you feel about the research findings? Do they reflect what you see in everyday life?

Let us know in the comments below.
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  • durhamjaide2001
    durhamjaide2001 Scope Member Posts: 7,467 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks for posting this @Cher_Scope I haven't come across this today until I went over the page. I was bullied by teachers both in primary and secondary school for not being able to go to the loo when I go because of my medical condition, countless times I have been shouting in my face for things that I shouldn't off and dunked in a hydro therapy pool saying it would help with water confidence. 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 10,414 Disability Gamechanger
    About 22 years ago my then GP told me it was time I forgot my epilepsy and got a job ! I walked out and found a new GP an hour later who was superb not only did he treat me with respect but he literally saved our daughters life when she became anorexic and was down to 5 stone, he got her admitted to a private clinic paid for by the NHS and although it was a long battle (about 7 years) she became well again.

    The moral of the story being if you are unhappy with your GP find another one.
    Seasons greetings to one and all 🎄🎅🏻🌲


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