Debunking Disability Myths

Disability Awareness Fortnight is an opportunity for us to come together as a community to raise awareness of the various disabilities that exist and to dispel myths about people with disabilities.

Disability Awareness Fortnight is an opportunity for us to come together as a community to raise awareness of the various disabilities that exist and to dispel myths about people with disabilities.

Below is a short list of debunked myths about disability.  

  1. Not All Disabilities are Visible. According to the NHS, up to 80% of all disabilities are invisible. Some of the most common of these include chronic pain, PTSD, multiple sclerosis and diabetes.  

  1. Disability doesn’t mean unemployability. Having a disability doesn’t mean you’re stuck jobless, tons of people with different abilities bring valuable skills and perspectives to the workforce, along with making workplaces more inclusive and diverse.  

  1. Dyslexia doesn’t just affect reading. Dyslexia affects memory, organisation, concentration, communication and multi-tasking. Some dyslexics have little difficulty reading and writing, whereas others struggle greatly. 

  1. Journey planning can be difficult. For those with accessibility needs, planning a trip can affect their social and work lives in a big way. For example, only around 34% of London Underground stations have step-free access from street to train. 

  1. 1 in 6 of us have a disability. The World Health Organization estimates that 1.3 billion people experience significant disability. This represents 16% of the world’s population, or 1 in 6 of us.

Further Resources 

Queen Mary’s Disability and Dyslexia Service: https://dds.qmul.ac.uk/  

Disability Rights UK Resources: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/policy-campaigns/education-skills-and-employment/disability-and-skills-unit/resources  

 

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