Experiences and expectations of disabled people: executive summary: a research report for the Office of Disability Issues: summary

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Williams, Bridget; Copestake, Phil; Eversley, John
Office for Disability Issues
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1 July 2008
Disabled people
Social welfare
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Summary of a study aiming to better understand disabled people’s experiences and opinions. The research also works to provide information to aid the monitoring of progress towards the Government’s vision of achieving substantive equality for disabled people by 2025. The scope of the study, including the issues to be included in the research, was guided by disabled people. The study covered a wide range of issues including home life, social activities, transport, education, employment and finances. The study also looked at experiences of discrimination. It was found that disabled people are more likely than non-disabled people to experience disadvantage, compared with the population as a whole, disabled people tend to live in households on lower incomes, are less likely to be in paid work, and less likely to hold academic qualifications. The findings also included that attitudinal barriers to further participation in social activities were seen as equally important as barriers related to access.

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