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Our new report, Independent. Confident. Connected., brings together findings from three pieces of research with disabled people from across the country. We wanted to find out about disabled people’s day-to-day lives – what brings happiness, frustrations, and views on what disabled people want to get out of life.
We’ve identified five key aspects of life which can be enablers or barriers to disabled people being able to live the life they choose: Attitudes, work, care and support, public transport and digital technology.
Although the public believe attitudes to disability are improving, one in three disabled people say there is still a lot of disability prejudice.
We feel Government action is needed to change attitudes towards disability. The inter-ministerial disability strategy group should have a clearly defined objective to improve attitudes towards disabled people.
63 percent of respondents to our polling said that paid employment is, or would be, helpful or very helpful in supporting independence.
The Government has committed to supporting one million more disabled people in to work by 2027. The most powerful thing the government could do to realise this goal, would be remove the barriers to disabled people accessing specialist employment support, removing sanctions and making it voluntary.
When asked what things help to live independently. We found that strong family connections and strong friend networks were among the most important factors for disabled people.
The Government needs to stabilise the existing system of support and reform social care to meet the needs and aspirations of disabled people. This will mean that care and support can better enable disabled people to:
78 percent of disabled people say that having access to digital technologies is helpful.
Action is needed on two fronts:
One in four disabled people say that they have been prevented from using public transport by other people’s attitudes in the last year.
Public transport systems need to be reformed to ensure that disabled passengers are:
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