UCL Grand Challenges


Global call to stop disability stigma arises out of Small Grant project

15 August 2016

A Grand Challenges small grant has led to a major report and publication on stigma against people with intellectual disabilities.

In 2014, Dr Katrina Scior (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) and Dr Maria Kett (Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Centre at UCL) were awarded a Global Health Small Grant of £4,000 to look at disability stigma. 

The grant funded a scoping review on disability stigma across the globe. This work culminated in a 140-page final report: "Intellectual disabilities: Raising awareness and combatting stigma - A global review" [pdf]. The research team were able to leverage the Small Grant-funded work and successfully obtain further funding from the Royal Mencap Society to disseminate the report. 

In 2015 Dr Scior led a team of UCL researchers and other researchers from the University of Warwick and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to publish a global call to end stigma for people with intellectual disabilities. The call notes that people with intellectual disabilities are among the most marginalised within society, experiencing high levels of health, social and financial inequalities. 

"Consigned to the margins: a call for global action to challenge intellectual disability stigma" was published in The Lancet Global Health in 2016.

YouTube Widget Placeholderhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeceOrEhAqs