The housing needs of black and minority ethnic disabled children and their families

Author: Beresford, Bryony

Briefing series: Better Housing Briefing Paper 3

Publisher: Race Equality Foundation

Publication date: May 2007

The housing needs of black and minority ethnic disabled children and their families
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The outcomes and life chances of disabled children and their families are, to a greater or lesser extent, affected by the homes in which they live. Inaccessible public spaces and community facilities, societal attitudes, and health and care needs mean that disabled children spend more time in their homes than other children. This briefing paper argues that regardless of the nature of their child’s impairment, most black and minority ethnic families with a disabled child will be living in unsuitable housing. Although differences exist between the difficulties experienced by different ethnic groups, a lack of space is an almost universal problem, as are difficulties with making structural changes to their homes.