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Note: Learning disability in UK is the same thing than intellectual disability elsewhere.
Are you listening yet?
by Josie Scantlebury
I sincerely believe and strongly know that we all have rights, so political parties have no authority to deny the powerful message of people with a learning disability. They need to take our voices seriously. It’s time we had a government that makes a positive difference in our lives and for our families.
Learning disability or not, we are all equal and deserve to be treated that way – without judgement.
Do you hear me?!
Hear my voice is highly important! It’s essential that everybody with a learning disability gets their voice across. I say to you now, and I’ll say it again, don’t be too quick to judge people with a learning disability until you get to know them. Then you will see that we are all equal, we are all people who feel, laugh and love.
There are some powerful voices out there and the louder we are the more the political parties engage with the issues we face. They need to have a clear understanding of the main key issues we want to raise.
People with a learning disability have been through bad times, there have been emotional times. We are affected by issues such as discrimination, accessibility, healthcare, employment, and a heap more.
It only takes time and effort to put things right, so why is this going so terribly wrong? So MPs and candidates – take a seat and listen to people that need your help most and make a real difference.
Watch Sara talk about why these issues are important to her. You will be impressed by what we have to say. That’s an order!
We know what we want – equal opportunities, and we want them now! Politicians have no idea about the issues we face day today. We’ve been though bad times, but it’s got to get better.
Quite clearly enough is enough, I say. Let’s be brief and get straight to the point – laws need to be changed in order to help people with disabilities in this society, whether you like it or not. The more you know and hear, the more you understand.
Actions speak louder than words. So come join us and fight for the rights of people with a learning disability.
Over and out