A recent study by Scope, the UK charity for disabled people, has identified the ongoing awkwardness and challenges faced by those with disabilities. Disappointingly, two thirds (67%) of the public still feel uncomfortable talking to disabled people, and over a third (36%) tend to think of disabled people as not as productive as everyone else. It goes without saying that despite better legislation and a drive towards equality over the last decade or so, negative attitudes towards disability remain difficult to break through.
Richard Nicholson, Managing Director of Veritas comments “It is a real shame that this stigma and attitude remains in today’s society when we are generally more aware of disability than ever before”. He continues “Events such as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the 2012 Paralympic games bring the subject of disability into our homes on an almost daily basis and yet whilst we may demonstrate compassion for those that are affected, we seem unable to transform this into our day to day lives”.