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Disability-related harassment: the role of public bodies

A qualitative research report

Many disabled people in the study said that low-level disability-related harassment is a backdrop to their everyday lives. They used the term ‘low level’ mainly to describe incidents that they thought would seem insignificant to anyone else, and that they felt no one could or would do anything about. Nonetheless, respondents said that lowlevel harassment is often very upsetting, that it can have a big impact on a ‘bad day’ and that its cumulative effect on individuals can be significant. They often said it was behaviour that they tried to ignore, ‘rise above’ or ‘learn to live with’, mainly because they could see no alternative course of action.