Disabled people experience hate crime during COVID-19

Section: MembershipType: News Item Date Published: 4th June 2020

A weekly poll by ALLIANCE member, Disability Equality Scotland, has uncovered some serious and troubling experiences.

Each week Disability Equality Scotland (this link will take you away from our website) sends out a poll question to their members on a topical issue.

For the week commencing 25 May 2020, by request of the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) (this link will take you away from our website)  they posed the following question:

“During your daily exercise, or when undertaking essential journeys, have you experienced any issues with physically distancing?”

The poll was answered by over 900 people, and the results were overwhelming – 99% (907) people answered “Yes”.

People who took part in the poll have shared lots of experiences, highlighting problems with infrastructure, like inaccessible pavements and street clutter, public transport and ongoing problems with shopping.

There are also troubling reports of stigma, discrimination and hate crime, with people being verbally abused and even spat at.

You can read the full report on the Disability Equality Scotland website (this link will take you away from our website), and request copies from them in alternative formats.


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