Disability and exclusion

The charity Scope published a survey of 2,000 working-age disabled adults, asking them about their sense of exclusion from society. The results are disturbing. Less than half – just 42% – feel that the UK is a good place for disabled people; 49% feel excluded from society; and 41% said they do not feel valued. The report – Independent. Confident. Connected. – is a jarring reminder that, despite the Equality Act of 2010 (which states that the disabled should have equal treatment) many of the 14 million people who are disabled in Britain today feel anything but equally treated. Finding work is of particular importance according to the reports, which says: “63 percent of respondents to our polling said that paid employment is, or would be, helpful or very helpful in aiding independence. Work seems to be of particular importance to younger disabled people, with paid employment being seen as helpful to three quarters of 18 – 34 year olds, compared with just four in ten of 55 – 65 year olds. We need to put to rest once and for all the myth that the majority of disabled people don’t want to work. The reverse is true: for many, work is of fundamental importance to who they are.”