Most Brits Don't Know Celebs With Disabilities
June 7, 2004
LONDON, ENGLAND--A poll conducted last week by the research company YouGov found that, while most people believe people with disabilities should have equal rights, many cannot name a single famous person with a disability.
According to a brief item from the Press Association, 36 percent of the 2,000 Britons responding to the survey said they knew of no celebrities with disabilities.
This was in spite of the achievements by world-famous British scientist, Stephen Hawking, who uses a wheelchair because he has a motor neuron disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Home Secretary David Blunkett, who is blind; and wheelchair athlete Tanni Grey Thompson who has spina bifida, to name a few.
The poll found that 87 percent of respondents thought people with disabilities should have equal rights as everyone else. However, 60 percent said they would not support an extra tax to make sure transportation was accessible.
The disability charity Scope recently noted that there are 8.6 million people with disabilities in the United Kingdom, making them one of the largest minority groups that still face discrimination. Still, more than 40 percent of the population indicate they have no contact with a person who has a disability.