Friends and Family Newsletter bannerEmily, Gabby and Greg who make up SeeAbility’s Associates Team, all have lived experience of different disabilities. They’ve just published a mini manifesto calling on all candidates standing to be MPs to help make inclusion a reality for people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss.

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The Associates team are campaigning for MPs and government to help in four key areas:

Accessibility

  • More disabled parking spaces in local communities
  • A ban on pavement parking
  • More accessible public transport and penalties for companies that aren’t doing the right thing
  • More action on making buildings like hospitals accessible

Attitudes and awareness

  • More awareness campaigns on adjustments that can be made for people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss
  • Employers recruiting more people with disabilities
  • Reform of the benefits system removing repeat assessments of people with a lifelong disability, like a visual impairment.
  • Police and government tackling disability hate crime and social media companies over online disability abuse

Social care

  • Social care being built around respecting people’s human rights and right to have a good life - hospital units should never become a person’s home
  • More funding into social care now, and in the long term funding provided on a national level rather than more means testing or council tax rises
  • Ensuring the social care workforce is as valued as NHS staff with a national strategy and funding to reflect this as a skilled job.

Eye care

  • Completion of an NHS plan to introduce specialist sight tests for 120,000 children in special schools in 2020, which is based on SeeAbility’s work
  • NHS, health bodies and eye care professionals acting to improve eye care amongst adults and children with learning disabilities and autism

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If you’d like to read their mini manifesto you can read it here or read their easy read version here

You can read more about the Associates' plans by clicking here