79% of Pennsylvanians surveyed said they believe society thinks of people with disabilities with discomfort and awkwardness.
People can contribute to stigma even when they don’t realize it. Increasing dialogue about stigma is one helpful way to change people’s perceptions and create healthier conversations. This is the goal of our anti-stigma work.
In the past, our Health Committee for People with Disabilities hit the streets to participate in Pennsylvania Development Disabilities Council‘s anti-stigma campaign. They posted “What are you thinking?” thought bubbles to challenge assumptions that people sometimes make about people with disabilities.
To take the pledge against stigma, hear people’s stories, and take the stigma quiz, visit the Stigma Project website.