We asked people with disability about their rights in an online survey to help us prepare the Civil Society Shadow Report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Here’s what we found out.
- A majority of survey respondents are unable to access the support they need (61%)
- 44% of respondents do not have access to the healthcare they need
- A majority of survey respondents believe that healthcare workers do not understand their needs (55%)
- 76.5% of respondents have experienced discrimination because of their disability
- 61% of respondents cannot afford to cover their basic needs on their current income or support
- One third of respondents have experienced violence or abuse because of their disability (33%)
- A majority of respondents (61%) do not have access to all the support services they need. Of particular concern is a majority of respondents (60%) who cannot afford the support they need.
- A majority of respondents (62.5%) know where to find information about Government services, but concerningly 57% of respondents do not find this information accessible or easy to understand.
- A majority of respondents (51%) have difficulty moving between states and countries because of their disability.
- 39% of respondents are able to access both public and private spaces that they want.
- 27% of respondents believe they have the same education opportunities and just 9% of respondents believe they have the same employment opportunities as other people.
- 82.5% of respondents think that the general public’s understanding of disability is not good.
- The majority of respondents (41%) don’t feel that the legal and justice system are trained properly to support people with disability, and just 9% of respondents believe they have an equitable opportunity to participate in the justice system as people without disability.
- The majority of survey respondents are limited in their recreation activities with 52% of respondents stating they don’t have access to social activities in the same way as people without disability, 64.5% cannot go on holidays when they want and 63% can not participate in the sports they want to.
- While 42% of respondents have access to information about how to prepare for natural disasters, just 11% of respondents believe that disaster response plans meet the needs of people with disability.