A new report, Someone cares if I’m not there explores why loneliness affects so many people with disabilities, from the perspective of disabled people themselves.

The report has been researched by the national disability charity Sense, on behalf of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. The report states that one in two non-disabled people (49 per cent) don’t believe they have anything in common with disabled people, and a quarter (26 per cent) admit they have avoided engaging in conversation with a disabled person.

The report tells personal stories from the point of view of people with disabilites, it includes experiences from people with sensory impairments, learning disabilities, Chronic illnesses and Long term mental health conditions.

As well as barriers such as communication and accessiblility the report also puts emphasis on the impact of the public attitudes on individuals’ ability to make connections and find common interests.
This is a groundbreaking document and working together we can all play our part in helping reduce loneliness amongst disabled people.

Read the full report on the Sense Website (documents can be dowloaded as a PDF or Word document)