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Attitudes towards disabled people
- Our research into attitudes has found 3 out of 4 disabled people (72%) have experienced negative attitudes or behaviour in the last 5 years.
- 9 out of 10 disabled people (87%) who had experienced negative attitudes or behaviour said it had a negative effect on their daily lives.
Types of attitudesDisabled people and their families experience a range of different attitudes and behaviours. Such as:
- making assumptions or judging their capability (33%)
- accusations of faking their impairment or not being disabled (25%)
- staring or giving looks (19%)
Where attitudes come fromThe sources of these negative attitudes are varied. Disabled people told us that this was most frequently experienced with:
- the public (42%)
- on public transport (39%)
- from management at work (42%)
- from benefit assessors when accessing the benefits system (52%)
- 29% from family
- 27% from their partners and romantic relationships
- 25% from friends
The effect on disabled people’s lives9 out of 10 disabled people (87%) experiencing negative attitudes and behaviours said that they had a negative effect on their daily lives. This increased to 96% of disabled people aged 18 to 34. The personal impact of negative attitudes was more likely to be reported by disabled women.
Negative attitudes significantly affected disabled people looking for work or promotions.
35% said they avoided this completely because of their negative experiences.
30% of disabled people looking for education or training said they avoided doing so because of the attitudes they had experienced.
This was more common in younger disabled people aged 18 to 34 (36%), compared to 26% of disabled people aged 55 or over.
23% of disabled people avoided using public transport, after experiencing negative attitudes or behaviour while travelling.
Health and social care
13% avoided health and social care settings, after experiencing negative attitudes.
1 in 5 disabled people (23%) avoided going out to social gatherings following negative attitudes and behaviour.
Younger disabled people were over twice as likely to avoid going out (35%), compared to disabled people 55 or over (15%).
Disabled people’s priorities for attitudinal changeDisabled people told us that change in the following areas needed prioritising:
- The public (31%)
- Benefits system (30%)
- Healthcare (22%)
- The media (19%)
- The workplace (17%)
- Shops (15%)
Over to you...
- Have you faced negative attitudes?
- If so, who by?
- What do you think could help to reduce negative attitudes towards disabled people?
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