Is the UK Truly Disabled Friendly?

by hrrshr7

I am a disabled woman. I suffer from Multiple Sclerosis. I live in the UK. I want the lives and treatment of disabled people to improve.

What does it mean to be disabled friendly?
Kindness and common courtesy go a long way in all areas of life. If people treat you like a human being and with respect, and if businesses, local authorities and other services comply with the law then this country could be a fairer place. I think it starts with education and some time spent by schools teaching children the truth about disability would go a long way to stamping out the negative stereotypes that surrond the issue of disability.

What is life like for disabled people in the UK?
My personal experience is that there is STILL a lot of prejudice today against disabled people and a lot of obstacles are unnecessarily placed in our way. There is also a lot of ignorance when it comes to the subject of disability and a lot of negative stereotyping.

I know from personal experience that people will tell you how to cope with MS, when they don't even know what it is, or they are tactless and rude. They treat you as if you don't have full mental capacity even when you are physically disabled and ask very personal questions, such as, "Have you ever had sex?"

How many people are aware of their rights and exercise them?
How many are familiar with The Care Act 2014, The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was ratified by the UK Government in 2009, and The Equality Act 2010? It is so important to find out about these laws which are here to protect US.

Yet there are many good people out there, who do treat you like a human being and who do go out of their way to help just because it is the decent thing to do. To those people, I want to say, "Thank you."


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