Disability Hate Crime
Following on from successful campaigning The Disability Hate Crime Action Group Cymru has been set up. It is an informal partnership of organisations who wish to make a difference in respect of Disability Hate Crime and impairment related harassment in Wales. The group raises awareness of Disability Hate Crime and harassment with disabled people and the general public and through this increase reporting and convictions of Disability Hate Crime.
Disability Hate Crime is a serious issue in Wales. It is reported that Disabled people in Wales are four times more likely to experience harassment than non-disabled citizens. However, it is anticipated that the real number of Disability Hate Crime incidents is much higher and many incidents are not reported. Recent research suggests that 56% of disabled people say they have experienced hostility, aggression or violence from a stranger because of the perpetrator’s hostility towards their condition or impairment.
Disability Wales leads The Disability Hate Crime Action Group Cymru, you can find out more about the group and disability hate crime on their website http://www.disabilitywales.org/disability-hate-crime/
The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf of the over 1/4 of a million people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people.
Hear My Voice
Mencap’s Hear My Voice campaign launched in 2015 to put learning disability issues higher on the political agenda.
Every day, more than 1.4 million people with a learning disability and their families face issues like poor healthcare, hate crime and social isolation. But these issues are rarely debated and most politicians don’t understand how these things impact on people’s lives. This can change.