New research from disability charity Scope, uncovers the chronic loneliness experienced by working age disabled people, particularly young adults .
In a representative survey of 1,004 disabled people the charity found that:
- Two-thirds (67%) of disabled people have felt lonely in the past year, but this jumps to three quarters (76%) for working age disabled people .
- 45% of working age disabled people are chronically lonely, saying they always or often feel lonely . If extrapolated to the general population that equates to 3 million working age disabled people in the United Kingdom.
- A shocking 85% of young disabled adults – 18-34 year olds – feel lonely .