How Disabled People Are Shut Out of Housing
Cal Grevers is 28, but feels like an “eternal teenager” – infantilised by barriers that block him from moving out of his parents’ home in Edinburgh.
The computer science graduate has muscular dystrophy and uses a power chair. Finding a home that is accessible and affordable has proved impossible, and the impact on his wellbeing is grave.
“When you’re a 28-year-old disabled adult and haven’t been away from your family home for more than a few days, you begin to feel like an eternal teenager,” he says. “The lack of personal space and privacy is detrimental to your mental health and relationship with your family.”
Grevers is among the one in five British people who are disabled, and the more than 10 percent of people in the UK with a disability that affects their mobility. Of them, about 1.2 million are wheelchair users. Yet, in England, just 9 percent of homes provide the main features – a level access entrance, a flush threshold, wide doorways and a toilet at entrance level – to be even “visitable”.