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Frank survey shows lack of mental health awareness

Post: 23 January 2012 in: Disabilities
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A recent survey has shown a majority of people believe those with mental health problems less likely to be accepted opposed to those with physical disabilities.


The results show worrying attitudes towards those with disabilities as the overall results revealed a vast percentage of over a thousand adults who took part in the survey believe children with mental disabilities, hearing problems and speech problems should be placed in ‘special schools’.


The survey also shows one in five people would not be pleased if an autistic child attending the same school as their own child and one in four would object to their child sharing a classroom with a pupil who has a mental health condition.


When it comes to relationships a vast majority said people with disabilities should have every right to sexual relationships. (Surely that should have been 100 %?) However, when it came to those with autism and learning difficulties just 51% said those who fall in this category should have equal rights to sexual activates!


Mental disabilities issues also suffered when it came to a question relating to employment; once again an overall response showed people were happy to work alongside those with physical disabilities opposed to those with mental health issues or autism.


It was the same story for those wishing to become parents. Two in three believe those with a physical disability should be entitled to bring up a child where’s the figure dropped to one in three for those with mental health issues.


The survey was compiled by the National Disability Authority (NDA), a spokesman for the company reflected on the results....


"The most common reasons for objecting to such scenarios were on the grounds of special needs considerations and children with special needs not receiving sufficient support for their special needs. Among all respondents who indicated being uncomfortable having a work colleague with a disability, personal discomfort and suitability of work or work environment were the most common reasons why.”


Peter McKevitt is the charities chairperson, he added...


"This consistent finding highlights the importance of promoting and enabling active participation of people with disabilities in the mainstream community and access to mainstream services."


However, reading between the lines the survey also shows there are still a percentage of people who are ignorance towards the potentials a disabled person is able to achieve.

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