The MS Society commissioned ComRes to carry out study into people’s thinking of Disabled people and the finds are very reveling and one organisation has said “the findings are what driving people to be hostile towards disabled people”
As a disabled person and running a disability organisation I see general public being hostile towards disabled people, whether its verbally or physical I would call it “Hate Crime & Bullying” but whatever way you look at it always comes down to peoples perception of us all.
The report of more than 2,000 British adults shows one in five (21%) people think disabled people need to accept they cannot have the same opportunities in life as non-disabled people and one in four (24%) believe that people who claim to be disabled often exaggerate the extent of their physical limitations.
A separate poll of over 1,400 people with MS reveals as many as 42% of people with MS feel that, as a result of their condition, people often don’t consider them as equal, while almost one in three (30%) even say they have been visibly ignored because of their condition.
It’s likely that such shocking statements are largely due to the lack of public understanding about disability, and MS in particular. The research shows 71% of British adults admit they don’t feel they know enough about MS – and even among people who know someone with MS, understanding of the condition is still poor. Over half (53%) of people with MS surveyed say their symptoms have been mistaken for drunkenness, while three quarters (76%) have experienced someone questioning the fact they have MS because they ‘looked well’.
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