Earlier today, Stephen attended the launch of Mencap’s Hear my Voice campaign in the House of Commons. The campaign is about empowering people with a learning disability and their families to make sure their voices are heard by their local MPs and candidates in the lead up to the May 2015 General Election.
There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK but many feel they are not listened to by those in power and the issues they that are important to them – like hate crime, better healthcare and education – are often not talked about.
Stephen was one of the MPs confirming their support for the campaign at yesterday’s event. Speaking at the event, Stephen said: "People with a learning disability and their families are as much a part of our society as anyone else and deserve to have their voices heard on the issues that matter to them. I am listening and I hope that many more MPs and potential candidates will do the same by getting on board with Mencap’s Hear my voice campaign.”
Over 40 MPs attended the launch event where people with a learning disability and their families talked to them about the campaign and the things that matter most to them. They showed their support by signing-up to say, “I’m listening”, on the new campaign website: www.hear-my-voice-org-uk
Through the campaign website, people with a learning disability and their families are given a space to share their experiences with their local MP and, in return, MPs and candidates are able to show their support by signing up to say they are listening.
MPs also received a copy of the Mencap Manifesto, which contained the issues that matter most to people with a learning disability and their families and on which they want to see action from the next UK government. These include improving healthcare for people with a learning disability, ending disability hate crime and improving support in education.
MPs were then presented with exclusive regional polling data* relevant to their constituencies, which revealed a national call for urgent action to be taken by the next UK government to tackle learning disability discrimination and exclusion.