Children And Families With Disabilities Face Poorest Living Conditions, Survey Says
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 22, 2002
YORK, ENGLAND--Families with children that have disabilities experience poorer living conditions than the rest of the population, researchers announced this week. Those conditions include inadequate heating and living space, along with dampness and general disrepair, according to Tuesday's BBC News.
"Families with a disabled child face many additional difficulties, yet many find themselves living in unsuitable housing that only serves to compound the difficulties they face," said Bryony Beresford, co-author of the study. "Current policy and practice is inadequate in meeting their needs."
Three thousand parents across the country were surveyed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Among the results:
-- Nine out of ten families that have a child with a "severe" disability indicated at least one significant difficulty with their homes;
-- One-fourth of families questioned identified six or more problems;
-- Fifty-five percent of the parents surveyed said there was too little room in their homes;
-- Four out of ten parents reported that their homes were cold, damp or in poor repair;
-- One in seven parents reported inadequate heating, compared with one in 12 families with children overall.