The story of Barry

To read on Dimensions website:

Supporting someone who’s non-verbal to vote

Barry

Barry is 68 and on 7th May 2015 he voted for the first time.

Supported by a dedicated team, he has severe learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia and is non-verbal.

But his support staff know how he communicates and worked with the polling station staff to make sure he was supported to vote.

At 8:45am he arrived at his local polling station in Worcester. Here he met an independent adjudicator who read out the names of the parties and pointed to each candidate on the ballot paper.

Barry nodded when he heard his chosen party and officially voted in the 2015 general election.

As part of our national Love Your Vote campaign we’ve been encouraging people with learning disabilities and autism to get more involved in politics.

We voted

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Dimensions is a specialist provider of a wide range of services for people with learning disabilities and people who experience autism. We are a not-for-profit organisation, supporting around 3,500 people and their families throughout England and Wales.

We have been providing support packages for families for almost 40 years. We offer a range of support services to children and adults of all ages, including those with complex needs or challenging behaviour.

We enable people to be part of their community and make their own choices and decisions about their lives. We believe that not only do we change the lives of the people we support, but they also change ours.

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