I did not have time to comment on this when I saw it in the Coventry newspaper so I am glad I found it online. I must say that I live in Coventry city center and have never had that level of abuse myself apart from teenage mums on the bus who refused to fold up their pushchairs for me.And as for the fact that nearly half of the people who gave him insults were from the ethnic minorities is not surprising since Coventry has a good ethnic population and many of the taxi drivers are Asian.
Source: The Coventry Telegraph
Disabled man tells of abuse in Coventry
Mar 19th By Amy Harris
WHEELCHAIR-BOUND Ed Lowe has to endure regular torrents of abuse.
Shockingly, the 24-year-old admits he has come to accept the tirade of swearing and insults as part of everyday life.
Whether he is trying to flag down a taxi, get on a bus, or simply shopping in the city centre, he says he receives endless insults and put downs.
The abuse has happened all his life and comes from different people, who mostly use the "F" word.
Ed, of Robin Hood Road, Willenhall, told the Telegraph: "Because I get it so often I have become used to it. But it hurts. "
He described how he got in a taxi in Broadgate where a taxi driver swore at him aggressively, demanding to know why he was in the wheelchair.
He said: "I shouldn't have to tolerate that - no one should."
Ed has recently graduated from Coventry University with a degree in communication, culture and media, and is also a publicity officer for gay telephone helpline Coventry and Warwickshire Friend.
He says the public assume he is helpless just because he uses a motorised wheelchair.
He added: "The best way to sum it up is people think that because you are in a chair that you have no brains - that you are not doing anything with your life.
"People don't assume you live independently if you are disabled. That is not the case at all, I live in my own bungalow and I have the best friends around me."
Ed is fully backing the police campaign to stamp out hate crime against disabled people and has been involved in the initiative for two months so far, working with Sgt Lee Burns.
Read also the hate crime dossier on Disability Now.
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