Evidence that disabled people are supported in the contemporary UK:

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  • Evidence that disabled people are supported in the contemporary UK:
    • The disabled movement is also very critical of the concept of independence as an aspect of normality. The negative social reaction to disability is often based on the view that the disabled are dependent and constantly in need of help.
      • MARSH & KEATING (2006) point out is that very few of us are really independent.
        • In modern societies, we are, of course, interdependent: we cannot manage to feed and clothe ourselves without relying on a vast network of other people and organisations. Similarly we are all dependent on many aids for mobility and communication. Few of us could function without telephones, transport, ladders, tools and so on, and many of us cannot function at all without glasses, or medication, or other aids.
    • According to the Labour Force Survey, disabled people are now more likely to be employed than they were in 2002,
    • Between 2005 to 2006 and 2010 to 2011, the percentage of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grades A* to C has:
      • increased from 19.8% to 59.2% for students with SEN without a statement
      • increased from 8.7% to 24.9% for students with SEN with a statement
  • The gap has reduced by 10 percentage points over the last 14 years and has remained stable over the last two years despite the economic climate.
    • There is therefore a 30.1 percentage point gap between disabled and non-disabled people, representing over 2 million people.
      • In 2012, 46.3% of working-age disabled people are in employment compared to 76.4% of working-age non-disabled people.
        • but disabled people remain significantly less likely to be in employment than non-disabled people.
          • According to the Labour Force Survey, disabled people are now more likely to be employed than they were in 2002,

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