Published: 20th Aug 2019

Disabled people are experiencing ’emotional and mental distress’ due to a lack of suitable accommodation, housing experts have warned. It follows the publication of an 18-month long study led by researchers at the University of Stirling, Housing Options Scotland and Horizon Housing Association, which looked at the effectiveness of accessible and adapted social housing in Scotland. Researchers interviewed 28 disabled people looking for a home in three local authority areas. The majority said they’ve received inappropriate housing offers, or no offers at all, during the course of the study. University of Stirling researchers Dianne Theakstone and Julia Lawrence adopted a ‘co-production’ approach which ensured disabled people were closely involved throughout the study. During interviews with researchers, one participant seeking a more suitable home described how, even with a stair-lift installed in her current accommodation, she had to make eight transfers between chair, wheelchair, stair-lift and toilet – and back again … (To read the full article, subscribe below)