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.
This is from the August 2018 report (pdf) from Scope which brings together findings from three pieces of research with disabled people from across the country.
The report finds:
- Often disabled people experience negative attitudes when using public services or in the public spaces they visit
- Being able to get into and stay in work is crucial to many disabled people’s sense of independence and self-worth, but the right support often isn’t there to enable disabled people to achieve this goal
- Social care must be reformed to meet the needs and aspirations of disabled people so that the support received better enables the ability to have a family life, work, engage with communities, and socialise
- The single, most powerful thing the government could do to realise this goal would be to remove the barriers to disabled people accessing specialist employment support, by removing sanctions and making it voluntary.