Potential and Possibility 2024

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People with complex disabilities tell us what needs to change

Our annual research reveals what people with complex disabilities want to do in the future, to find out what Potential and Possibility means to them.

At Sense, we know how important it is for everyone to reach their potential. There are 1.6 million people with complex disabilities in the UK, and none of them should be left out of life.

In 2024, we spoke to 1,279 people with complex disabilities to find out about their experiences, what matters to them and what barriers are in their way.

Highlights

  • One third of people with complex disabilities reported that they’d run out of food
  • One quarter of people with complex disabilities didn’t receive any support to look for and apply for jobs.
  • Over half of people with complex disabilities feel lonely compared to a quarter of the general public.
  • Nearly half of people with complex disabilities struggle to access and engage with services online.
  • Nearly half of people with complex disabilities felt that their needs weren’t supported on public transport.
  • Nearly a quarter of people with complex disabilities felt elections weren’t run in a way that made it easy for them to vote.

Sections

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  1. Increased financial vulnerability 
  2. Access to employment 
  3. Tackling loneliness
  4. Addressing digital exclusion
  5. Improving experiences of public transport
  6. Improving political engagement 

About this research 

Potential and Possibility is an annual piece of research on the experiences and aspirations of people with complex disabilities. The research involves polling and our own survey. This year we involved 1,279 people with complex disabilities in our research. This year (2024) is the third year we have carried out this research. 

These pages reflect the latest information from our 2024 research, building on our findings from 2023 and 2022

If you have any questions about the research, please contact [email protected]