The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities details the rights of disabled people and acts to enforce, protect and promote them. However despite this, people with physical and mental health conditions are regularly stigmatised and discriminated against.

Scope research (2014) showed that

  • Two thirds (67%) of the British public feel uncomfortable talking to disabled people.
  • Over a third (36%) of people tend to think of disabled people as not as productive as everyone else.
  • Over four fifths (85%) of the British public believe that disabled people face prejudice.
  • A quarter (24%) of disabled people have experienced attitudes or behaviours where other people expected less of them because of their disability.
  • One fifth (21%) of 18 – 34 years old admit that they have actually avoided talking to a disabled person because they weren’t sure how to communicate with them.


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