MUMBAI: People with hearing impairment face more discrimination as compared to those with other disabilities, stated findings of a survey conducted by students of St Xavier’s College, Fort.According to the survey, 91% of the respondents with hearing impairment had experienced discrimination either always or sometimes. On the other hand, 85% of those with visual disabilities, 74% with psychiatric disabilities and 57% with speech difficulties faced discrimination at some point.
An indicator of discrimination against those with psychiatric disability was that 74% of the respondents felt that workplaces are not welcoming and are ill equipped to handle medical emergencies. The survey also showed that a large number of people with various difficulties do not have documents for the same. Sixty-one per cent of those with a psychiatric disability did not have certificates. The case was not the same for visually impaired respondents. Only 1 of the 100 did not have requisite documents.