The disability charity Scope has blamed "'benefit scrounger' rhetoric" for the worsening attitude towards the disabled.
An ITV News poll has shown that more than 80% of disabled people say that attitudes towards them have not improved since the Paralympics:
The starting gun has been fired on the legacy debate.
Changing attitudes is at the heart of legacy. The Paralympics were a break-through moment. Disabled people had never been so visible. Disability had never been talked about so openly. But you don't change society in a fortnight.
Speak to disabled people and the same issue comes up: 'benefit scrounger' rhetoric; the divisive myth that most people on benefits are skivers.
Disabled people say they feel like they've done something wrong, because they need support to do the same things as everyone else.
The Government must stop the scrounger rhetoric once-and-for-all.
The Paralympics has inspired a small number to be more involved in sport or the community.
But ultimately it comes down a simple point: if you don't have the support you need to get up, get washed and get out of the house; if you're struggling to pay the bills - it's a big ask to join a tennis club.
– Alice Maynard, Chair of disability charity Scope