Over half of the British public admitted to feeling awkward or uncomfortable talking to a disabled person because they are worried they may say something offensive by mistake, a survey has found.
Disability charity Scope, who are behind the survey, revealed young people were more likely to feel awkward around the disabled.
One fifth of 18-34 year olds went so far as to admit they had avoided to talking to a disabled person because they were unsure how to communicate with them.
Nearly half of the British public (43%) said they do not personally know anyone who is disabled.
However, 33% said getting to know someone in a wheelchair or an amputee would make them feel more confident when meeting a disabled person.
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:
Those are the words of the chief executive of disability charity Scope, written when the right-to-die cases from Paul Lamb and the family of Tony Nicklinson were put to the Court of Appeal in May.
Ahead of this morning's High court ruling, click here to read his argument against disabled people taking their own lives.