Have just read through the latest ‘How Fair is Britain?’ report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which although somewhat selective in its focus highlights a number of key challenges for disability rights:
- Evidence suggests that the 2012 Paralympic Games did not improve attitudes towards disabled people and that many continued to experience both unconscious bias and open hostility
Children and education
- Educational attainment of children with SEN has risen since 2010, but attainment among children without SEN rose faster, widening the gap.
- Disabled children are more likely to be bullied
- Children with SEN are more likely to be excluded from school
- In 2013 disabled young people are less likely to be in employment, education or training, though the gap has narrowed since 2008
Employment and incomes
- The unemployment rate of disabled people has risen since the last report in 2010, despite reports of increased numbers of disabled people moving into paid employment
- Disabled people experienced a greater decline in average pay than other groups between 2010 and 2015
- For disabled people above the official poverty line, material deprivation increased as did the poverty gap between disabled and non disabled people of working age
- In England, the proportion of disabled people who reported bad or very bad health increased between 2008 and 2012, whereas there was a reduction for non- disabled people.
- People with learning disabilities and/or autism were placed in inappropriate settings for too long and a long distance from family and home owing to a lack of good-quality alternatives in the local community
- There has been insufficient action to eliminate inhuman and degrading treatment in such facilities