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

Emily, Gabby and Greg all have a blog to cope through the pandemic - you can read the Coping Through COVID-19 blog by clicking here

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