Disability and discrimination
Discrimination occurs when a person or organisation treats a disabled person less favourably than they would treat others. This discrimination can affect issues such as education, employment, income and health.
Disabled people of working age face considerable disadvantage compared to people without an impairment. On average their incomes are about 20 per cent lower than the incomes of non-disabled individuals and their employment rates are half the size
International evidence shows that people with learning difficulties or long term mental health problems on average die 5-10 years younger than other people, often from preventable illnesses
15% of deaf or hard of hearing people say they avoid going to their GP because of communication problems