Two teenagers have been convicted of harassing a man with learning and physical disabilities in Brighton and Hove.
The case was one of three incidents that have ended in successful court actions from April to September.
The Brighton and Hove City Council partnership community safety team said that it was starting a campaign to tackle and reduce hate incidents against disabled people.
It said that there were 19 such incidents reported to the team from April to September.
Councillor Dee Simson, the council’s cabinet member for community safety and inclusion, said: “Disability hate crime is often hidden and not much discussed, yet it can have devastating results.
“Occasionally we hear about these in the national media.
“Stories such as that of David Askew who collapsed and died after being harassed by youths for 17 years because he had learning difficulties are truly shocking and we all have a duty to stop this happening.
“Together with our partners we want to reduce and deal with hate crime and explore how we can support and work with victims better.
“We are aiming to improve the reporting of such incidents and develop good practice in dealing with them.”
The Brighton and Hove Federation of Disabled People is hosting an afternoon of discussions, workshops, drop-ins and celebrations to mark the International Day of Disabled People.
All are welcome to the events which are at Hove Town Hall from 3pm to 8pm.
During the afternoon there will be a workshop exploring the issues around disability hate crime.
It will be an opportunity to find out about the work being done in the city to prevent, tackle and reduce hate incidents and improve trust and confidence in minority communities.
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