Thursday, March 22, 2007


Even if given only a cursory acquaintance with humankind, this should surprise no one:

Disabled people hold just the same prejudices towards other disabled people as those who do not have a disability, new health research from The City University, London reveals.

Each participant within the sample, comprising 217 disabled people and 114 non-disabled people, was asked to score a series of statements reflecting aspects of individuals’ rights between one and six, based on how strongly they agreed with it.

The five statements covered the right to live in the community, to participate in vocational training and thus improve employability, to interact with others in a social setting and being treated fairly, to being treated as an adult citizen with rights and responsibilities, to the fundamental right of parenting and therefore reproduction.

The findings show that people with disabilities do not always wish to be associated with people from other impairment groups for a variety of complex reasons, including competing for scarce allocation of funding/ resources, sexual attraction and stigma.

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