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Survey shows discrimination continues despite Paralympics

Great Britain's David Weir was one of many Paralympians who achieved success Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Paralympics were the games which were meant to change our views of people with disabilities. But 100 days since they ended, a new survey carried out by Scope shows that discrimination continues.

While Paralympians themselves continue to enjoy celebrity status, two-thirds of people living with disabilities feel that the games have done nothing to improve how they are treated and spoken to.

  • 72% said that the Paralympics had a positive impact on attitudes towards the disabled in general
  • 53% said they still regularly experience discrimination
  • 67% said that the Paralympics have done nothing to improve the way they are spoken to
Great Britain's Paralympic medal winners Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC has called for more to be done about the number of hate crimes against those with disabilities.

Like everybody else I thought the Paralympics were fantastic, the sheer number of people that watched and appreciated what was going on was quite incredible.

I hope that has enhanced our understanding of people with disabilities, my fear is that the surveys continue to show a high level of abuse.

It is the surveys of ordinary people, day in day out, that are really important to this debate.

ITV News' Social Affair Editor Penny Marshall reports.