Our General Election hub

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During this election period, it’s important that politicians are aware of the issues that matter to people with disabilities. 

There are millions of people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss across the UK. There are 1.5 million people with learning disabilities alone - that’s a population bigger than Birmingham, the second biggest city in the UK! 

If candidates want to win the votes of this group, they have to understand the key issues that affect people’s lives. 

On this hub, you can find out how to amplify the voices of people with learning disabilities, hear about the issues that matter most, and support accessible voting. 

"We cannot be ignored. Politicians wanting our votes have to understand what is important to us, and think about how they can win our vote."

Scott Watkin BEM

Three ways you can get involved

  1. Send the Good Lives Manifesto to the different candidates in your local area, using the ‘Who Can I Vote For’ site
     
  2. Share our blogs that give the perspective of people with lived experience. 
     
  3. Follow the My Vote My Voice campaign to support their campaign for accessible voting.

The Good Lives Manifesto 

We’re proud to support Learning Disability England’s Good Lives Manifesto. This manifesto, made by people with learning disabilities, has six pledges that candidates can make to be a champion for people with learning disabilities.

  • Be a champion for the rights of all people with learning disabilities
  • Reform social care
  • Have effective health services
  • Help people with learning disabilities to get jobs
  • Make sure people with learning disabilities have equal access to housing
  • Make this an accessible general election

Our ListenUp team and Eye Care Champions have all have lived experience of learning disabilities or autism. Over the election period they will be blogging about the six manifesto pledges.

Easy read manifestos

These are the links to all the available easy read manifestos:

 

Accessible voting 

Elections are not designed with accessibility in mind. 

People with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss have an equal right to vote, but face significant barriers to exercising that right. 

That’s why we’re supporting the My Vote My Voice campaign, which is on a mission to make voting accessible to everyone. 

On their website, you can find:

 

Other useful resources 

Three ways you can get involved

  1. Send the Good Lives Manifesto to the different candidates in your local area, using the ‘Who Can I Vote For’ site. 
     
  2. Share our blogs that give the perspective of people with lived experience. 
     
  3. Follow the My Vote My Voice campaign to support their campaign for accessible voting.