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 Attitude is one of the biggest barriers to inclusion

Attitude is everything

 Excerpts from the GLA's 'Another Planet?' report (2003)

A person not being included

'Verbal, emotional, financial and physical. Emotional abuse is the most difficult to erase'

'It's largely about attitudes for me. People taking me for a mug, making me feel stupid or laughing at me'

'Regularly in shops and supermarkets. I hand over my credit card and it is usually given to whoever happens to be with me to sign!'

'Making fun of sign language and testing my hearing behind my back'

'When I was young, people used to call me 'Spastic' because I had cerebral palsy. Now when people see me at a bus stop on the street they look at me as if I'm a monster. Nobody says anything; its just the way they stare at me. When I get on a bus, people get up and move away from me. I say to myself, 'Don't worry, the problem is with them, not with me', and I continue to live my life. The way I look at it, they're not worth it'

'My son has been discriminated against by other parents at school. He has been excluded from parties and events. Also sporting activities and clubs and association we have tried to join. And most importantly childcare facilities'

'Discrimination by the job centre and by the sports clubs nearly all the time, very disappointing'

'Job interview - was asked indiscreet questions as to my physical ability and competence, such as could I eat without assistance, totally unrelated to the job description'

'I got on a bus that was fairly crowded. A young boy got up from the disabled person's seat for me only to be pulled back by his father who shouted that he'd had to pay for his son's fare but I was traveling for free. No one said anything in my defence and I was left standing'

Follow this link for full copy of the GLA's 'Another Planet?' report.

Understanding emotional abuse
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 What the Disability Rights Commission says...

What thet law says...

The Disability Rights Commission wants to stop discrimination against disabled people.

Discrimination is when people treat you unfairly because of your disability.

We want a world where disabled people can take part and are treated fairly.

The Disability Rights Commission has 15 Commissioners. They are the people who decide what we should do. 10 of the Commissioners are disabled people.

The Disability Rights Commission has set up a Learning Disability Action Group.

Find out about your rights if you feel you have been discriminated against.

Find out about your obligations as employers and service providers.


What thet law says...


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