Video report by Emma Sweeney
Many people with disabilities lead inclusive lives within their local communities - but others are targetted simply because of who they are.
With the latest figures showing a general rise in the number of disability hate crimes across the North West, the leader of one charity says more grassroots education is needed to help tackle the problem.
Help & Support:
If you have been affected by disability hate crime, the following charities are able to offer help and support: