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Spotlight on Disability 10 July – 11 August

Did you know

  • Only 1 in 2 people believe they have much in common with disabled people
  • 1 in 4 people admit they have avoided conversations with disabled people
  • Fear of causing offence, feeling uncomfortable or not knowing what to talk about with a disabled person were the most commonly cited reasons for avoiding conversation

There are many barriers to social connections for disabled people – including practical ones, such as accessibility and appropriate social care – but public attitudes can also marginalise individuals. Greater public awareness and understanding of disability is a vital step in addressing the disproportionate levels of loneliness amongst disabled people.

Enrych is supporting the Spotlight on Disability campaign from 10 July – 11 August 2017

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Loneliness and disability

We are all more likely to experience loneliness at certain times in our lives, such as retirement, bereavement or after becoming a parent. Disabled people experience the same life transitions as everyone else, but in addition to this, having a disability means they are more likely to be chronically lonely than non-disabled people.

Are you #happytochat? Why don’t you pledge to start a conversation on the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness website.

Someone cares if I’m not there

A new report, ‘Someone Cares If I’m Not There’ explores why loneliness affects so many people with disabilities, from the perspective of disabled people themselves.

The report reveals how disabled people can experience loneliness for a wide range of reasons, including; poor access to services, inaccessible transport and venues, and financial challenges.

Social attitudes are also a significant barrier, as many struggle to see beyond the disability.

Produced for the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, the report is leading the conversation around disability and loneliness during a month-long campaign that will encourage the public and politicians to ‘start a conversation’ about loneliness and disability.

Visit www.sense.org.uk/loneliness to download and read the report.