Recently, The Forum was asked to deliver a session on the potential impact of Brexit (especially a ‘no deal’ one) on Disabled people to University of Bristol students undertaking a masters degree in Disability Studies. Students were shocked to realise just how many problems Disabled people may face, and amazed that it hasn’t been mentioned in any of the news coverage.
Some of these potential impacts could affect everyone but would create much more of a difficulty for Disabled people, they include:
- Shortage of some medicines – medicines which, if you are on them long term, you you need to stop taking gradually;
- Additional costs of import tax on already expensive disability-related equipment,
- A shortage of future Personal Assistants and care support workers that is likely to result if the free movement of European workers stops.
If you would like to find out more about how Disabled people could be affected in the case of a Brexit No Deal, Disability Rights UK have some great resources on their website.