I-drive Disability News Updates: ‘Greater understanding of disabled people could be real Paralympic legacy,’ says Scope
Scope believes the Paralympic Games will offer an opportunity for ‘greater understanding of disabled people’ which it says could be ‘the real legacy’ that the event leaves behind.
This coincides with new research from the UK disability charity suggesting almost half of disabled people feel attitudes towards them have worsened in the past year.
The government’s continuing fitness for work tests which seek out those who fraudulently claim disability benefits and negative portrayals of disabled people in the media are being blamed for the worsening attitudes.
Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of Scope, says: “It is telling that these figures come as the government continues to put the issue of weeding out illegitimate claimants at the heart of its welfare rhetoric.
“Benefit fraud is rare – in fact more money goes unclaimed than is defrauded.”
Despite the negativity, Scope remains optimistic that the backdrop of the biggest ever Paralympic Games will present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve attitudes.
“Scope will be working throughout the games to tell the stories of disabled people in 2012,” continued Mr Hawkes.
“Greater understanding of disabled people, the challenges they face and their achievements, should be the real Paralympic legacy we are all working towards.”
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