87% of people with Parkinson’s have faced discrimination or harassment

Our research for Parkinson’s UK has found that 87% of people with the condition had faced discrimination or harassment.

Around 22% of respondents said that others had believed they were under the influence of alcohol because of poor balance or slurred speech.

For a quarter (24%) of those who took part, their slow movement and speech had been misinterpreted as an intellectual disability – and 10% said they had been laughed at.

More than half (57%) said they had avoided or cancelled social situations because because of concerns about how others would react to them.

A further 32% said their less expressive facial expressions had been mistaken for unfriendliness.

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