A RALLYING cry has gone out to politicians not to forget those with learning disabilities in the run up to the General Election.
Heart of England Mencap, which provides support to people with learning disabilities across Warwickshire, has called on the county’s candidates to sign-up to a campaign called Hear My Voice.
Local events – where those with or affected by learning disabilities can quiz election hopefuls – are also in the pipeline.
With the General Election just months away, Hear My Voice is a national Mencap movement uniting millions of people with a learning disability and their families, to ensure the next Government addresses the key issues they face.
Three people with a learning disability die avoidably in the NHS every single day. A quarter of adults with a learning disability spend less than one hour outside their home each day.
And eight in ten family carers of a loved one with a learning disability have reached crisis point.
Every single day, these and other issues affect 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK, and their families.
But according to Heart of England Mencap these issues are rarely debated during elections and most politicians do not understand what a learning disability is, or how these issues impact on people’s lives.
Chief Executive Helena Wallis said: “This is why people with a learning disability need to be listened to.
“Politicians don’t understand how issues like poor health care, hate crime and social isolation affect the lives of those with learning disabilities – and those connected to them.
“We are fortunate to have very supportive MPs in Warwickshire who we have worked with in the past – and who we are sure will lend their ears to Hear My Voice along with all of our local candidates.”
Visit www.hear-my-voice.org.uk for further details.