A quarter of British Columbians with disabilities experienced discrimination: Survey

Nearly half (47 percent) said incidents of discrimination occurred in their workplace, while 28 percent said they experienced it in schools.


One in four British Columbians with a disability said they had experienced discrimination in the past year, according to a recent survey.

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Nearly half (47 percent) said incidents of discrimination occurred in their workplace, while about 40 percent said they happened in a public space, such as a store or restaurant, according to results of a Research Co.


About 28 percent said they were discriminated against because of their disability while in school.

The BC Human Rights Commissioner’s Office said the survey reveals high rates of discrimination and stigma faced by people with disabilities.

However, it is an issue that is far from the minds of the general population, with only 12 per cent of respondents saying that accessibility and the rights of people with disabilities is an important human rights issue for them.

“We have a lot of work to do to eliminate discrimination and achieve real accessibility for people with disabilities,” BC Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender said in a statement Tuesday.

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“That is why my office, in close collaboration with representative organizations of people with disabilities from across the province, is today launching a public awareness campaign about ableism in our communities.”

The #RewriteTheRules campaign aims to raise awareness of ableism, a social bias that favors the needs and experiences of people without disabilities, and how it can be addressed.

The campaign will include online and social media advertisements and advertisements on the streets of Vancouver, at SkyTrain stations in Vancouver and Burnaby, and at bus shelters and at Prince George’s Airport.

The campaign will run until November 20.

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