Hello everyone! Emily, Gabby and Greg here - we’re the newest team at SeeAbility – the Associates team. We have lived experience of different disabilities. We hope you’ll be hearing a lot more from us in the future if you, like us, are passionate about making society more inclusive.

We’re being mentored by our manager Scott Watkin and are looking forward to learning new skills in campaigning, public speaking and leadership so we can help change society for the better. We don’t want to be spoken for, we have our own voice and want to be heard and that’s why we’re so pleased to be writing our first blog.

So what better way to start our work by talking about the General Election? In the last couple of weeks we met as a team and talked about our experiences. We all have things to share which we hope will make life better for others with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss and we’re keen to let future MPs know how they can support SeeAbility’s work too.

We also talked about how important it is that these elections are accessible and that people with disabilities are registered to vote.

So here is our ‘mini manifesto’ and we’ll be sending this on to the major parties standing for election. But we hope it will be helpful to anyone talking to future MP candidates on their doorsteps or hustings too!

We want the next Government to:

• Act urgently to make social care about the right to have a good life, which means providing more funding and reforming social care at a national level
• Make travelling about and public spaces and buildings more accessible for disabled people
• Challenge attitudes and raise awareness so people with different disabilities can get the support they need, including into work
• Support the NHS plan to bring sight tests into England’s special schools, as well as improving eye care for children and adults with learning disabilities and autism nationally

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

We hope future MPs will work to make inclusion a reality for people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss. With just under three weeks until the General Election please do share our mini manifesto and let’s all encourage election candidates to pledge their support for it.

Emily, Gabby and Greg