Loneliness is disproportionally high among disabled people, many of whom say they feel lonely every single day according to a new survey released this week.
National disability charity, Sense,reveals disabled people in the UK are still being marginalised by negative public attitudes, with a quarter of all people admitting that they have avoided conversations with the disabled.
Young adults, under the age of 24, were revealed to be twice as likely to have avoided conversations with disabled people, contributing to the increased risk of social isolation for their disabled peers, over three quarters of whom report loneliness.
Young adults were also found to be the least likely to meet disabled people, with a quarter of those surveyed unable to recall the last time they encountered someone with a disability.
Co-chair of the Jo Cox commission on loneliness, Seema Kennedy MP, stated, ‘Disabled people are often marginalised from friendship because of poor levels of public understanding. These misconceptions can sometimes cause people to assume they won’t have much in common with someone with a disability, and in some cases can even prevent individuals from engaging in conversations with disabled people altogether.
‘To help fight loneliness, it is vital that we all focus on our similarities rather than our differences. We can all create connections, find common interests and form friendships by taking the time to start a conversation.’