Voices It is 25 years since the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act – but the fight for equality goes on. In the United States, 19% of the population … ", Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer - 2011, "In today’s Britain people with disabilities (including those with profound and complex needs) should be supported to make a full and meaningful contribution to our society.

Making reasonable adjustments includes providing special aids such as equipment and sign language interpreters. Open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm. In Disability and employment we found that while the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people reduced to 28.6 percentage points between 2013 and 2019, the disparity is greatest for disabled people with learning difficulties and mental illness. This work shows the contribution that disabled people make to the economy and society and the barriers they face, for example in accessing equal employment and pay, protection from crime and experiencing positive well-being.”. In the year ending March 2019, disabled women were more than twice as likely to have experienced domestic abuse (17.3%) than non-disabled women (7.0%). Open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm. Providers of further and higher education do have to make reasonable adjustments to their premises to allow better access for disabled students. Disability rights has a long and varied history in the UK, ranging from the establishment of the Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation in the 1970s to more recent cutbacks of social security benefits and consequent protests.

The need to improve disability data is driven by advances in promoting equality for disabled people, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Sustainable Development Goals and the Equality Act 2010 (or the Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 in Northern Ireland). Given the high costs and complexity of disability litigation, the issue of enforcing legal rights that protect against discrimination under the DDA has courted controversy since the act was introduced. In contrast, the Life Opportunities Survey provided statistics on work, education, social participation, transport, and use of public services. For this reason disability hate crime should be regarded as particularly serious. These are available on the SDG data website. For further information on disability and impairment definitions see the Glossary. You can find information about discrimination appeals on the tribunal's website. All pages in the release use this definition, but disability definitions used in data from other sources can vary. However, both sources of evidence are becoming more outdated, and where the data are usually still collected, figures are not always routinely updated or published in a single place.

Together, these developments have led to a drive for improved data disaggregated by disability to monitor progress: Progress has been made towards monitoring outcomes for disabled people, but more needs to be done to improve the data, its consistency and availability.

Progressive conditions such as HIV, cancer, multiple sclerosis and some visual impairments are also covered by the Act. In 2001, the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was extended into the public sector to cover (among other things) the police, prison service and fire service. Legal protection for disabled people was transferred from the Disability Discrimination Act to the Equality Act with effect from October 2010. In Scotland, a child with special educational needs has to have a record made of these needs in a coordinated support plan called a Record of Needs.

If mediation fails, you can make a claim for disability discrimination. The airline always charges me for the wheelchair.

Source: Scope's analysis based on Household Below Average Income (2017 to 18), Source: Scope - Disability Perception Gap (2018), UK Government disability facts and figures.

This compares with only 18 out of every 100 adults without impairments. For the purpose of this data, women are defined to be of State Pension age based on their date of birth and the date of the interview ↩, Source: Family Resources Survey 2011 to 2012 ↩, Source: Labour Force Survey, Quarter 2, 2012 ↩, Source: National Pupil Database academic years 2005/06 to 2010/11.

The Fulfilling Potential outcomes and indicators framework (2015) and the Work Health and Disability Green Paper evidence pack (2016) both compiled statistics on the lives of disabled people across a range of indicators. 8% of children are disabled 2.

If you need changes to your home to help with your disability, you can ask your landlord to make reasonable adjustments. This compares with only 58 out of every 100 adults without impairments. Latest data shows disabled people are more likely to have attended a historic environment site, museum or gallery than in 2005 to 2006. Source: Family Resources Survey 2011/12 ↩, Source: Family Resources Survey 2010/11. Disability and housing. You’ve accepted all cookies. Data from each of the devolved nations is also often collected differently, potentially using different definitions of disability and different reporting methods.

Let us know, Copyright ©2020 Citizens Advice. This publication is licensed under the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0 except where otherwise stated. Stigma and discrimination can become internalized in people with a learning disability resulting in ‘self-stigma’.