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Shifting attitudes to disability - has anything changed over the years?

Have attitudes to disability in education and the workplace changed in the past 50 years? Credit: ITV News Anglia

As a society we like to think we have a more modern attitude to disability in education, sport and the workplace. So what has changed over the years?

ITV News Anglia has sifted through the archive to find news reports from the past about how people with disabilities were treated in schools and how, in many cases, were excluded from employment.

Former ITV Anglia reporter Helen Dolphin returned to the screen to present a series of reports called "Changing Attitudes" asking what had altered over the past 50 years.

  • Helen's first report was on the changes in how children with hearing loss were educated in the past

In recent years, new technology has opened up employment opportunities for people who are blind or have a visual impairment.

But research by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) suggests that in recent years there has been a sharp decline in the number of registered blind or partially sighted people in jobs.

In 2005, the proportion in any form of employment was one in three but by 2015 it had fallen to one in four.

  • In this report Helen investigates if people with sight loss are more likely to find jobs than 50 years ago

The rise in coverage and popularity of the Paralympics has probably led to many more disabled athletes becoming household names than every before.

But that mean perceptions of people with disabilities has changed for everyone?

  • In her third report Helen Dolphin meets the Harlow-based Paralympic wheelchair racer Anne Wafula Strike

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Helen Dolphin joined Jonathan and Sascha in the studio to talk about her series.