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“Negative attitudes from others mean I don’t leave the house very often" - Bev, St Helens
A lack of understanding and prejudice towards disabled people are still too common in our society. An occasional moment of rudeness or ignorance may be a minor annoyance. But the more it happens, the more impact it has.
Negative attitudes presents one of the most significant barriers to disabled people living the lives they choose. But it doesn’t need to be this way.
I’ve experienced loneliness as an adult, being excluded from social situations or activities due to my condition, or people making assumptions about what I am able to do, or not
This isn’t an issue which is going to get resolved over night. However, the research has shown that knowing a disabled person makes a huge difference to non-disabled people’s attitudes. We think there are three key places we need to begin to change attitudes towards disabled people.
We want to see the Government launch a new cross-departmental disability strategy, focussed on improving attitudes and reducing prejudice towards disabled people.
We want to see government and other organisations be ruthless and relentless in their action to increase the number of disabled people in employment, including meeting the aim of getting one million more disabled people into work.
We want to see the government identify and ring-fence funding, within existing Government or Lottery-funded schemes, to improve diversity within the creative industries, focussing on on-screen representation.
We would also like to see broadcasters establishing specific schemes aimed at locating and supporting disabled talent throughout the television and radio industries.
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