More than half of Americans have encountered some form of discrimination against people with disabilities, according to new research. A new survey reveals that out of 2,000 respondents only 43% said they've never witnessed any examples of a disabled person being discriminated against. Meanwhile, 56% said they've seen discrimination taking place, most frequently at restaurants (30%), malls and stores (27%) and public transport (24%). But despite these sobering numbers, most Americans think the country is becoming more inclusive towards people with disabilities.
The survey was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Morgan's Inclusion Initiative, a 501 c3 nonprofit dedicated to creating places for people of all abilities. Results found only 28% of respondents are involved with a local disability advocacy group in their community — and out of those who aren't, 24% cited a lack of personal connection to the issue. When there is that personal connection, the number jumps up; in fact, 78% of parents of children with a disability are involved in disability advocacy groups.