Perceptions of Disability
The Government claims that 70% of the British public feel that attitudes towards disabled people have improved since the London Paralympic Games in 2012.The claim is based on analysis of The ONS Opinions & Lifestyle Survey. This is a national cross-sectional survey, which provides a snapshot of views and opinions. It currently runs eight months of the year, and conducts around 1,100 interviews each month.
The DWP identifies as positive outcomes and indicators of a change in attitude:
- Disabled people are moving into work or training at the rate of 100 placements every working day. Disability Rights UK's Taking Control of Employment Support argues that the government's work programmes are failing disabled people and argues that disabled people want to be in charge of their own support.
- 315,000 more disabled people are playing sport regularly now than in 2005.
- Professional football clubs are moving to make improvements to the accessibility of their stadiums, after the government called for urgent action and after the Olympic Park showed what was possible.
- BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and BSKYB have pledged to increase the number of disabled people in the broadcasting industry.
- Over 8,100 rail carriages now comply with modern accessibility standards and over £500m will have been spent on upgrading railway stations to become more accessible by 2019.
- London’s 8,500 buses are now fully low-floor accessible and all of London’s 22,000 black cabs have wheelchair ramps.
- 66 tube stations are now step-free and TFL plan to make a further 28 London Underground and Overground stations step-free over the next decade.
- Professional institutions in the built environment for architects, town planners, surveyors, facilities management and engineers have committed to making their professionals proficient in inclusive design.
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