Just a quick blog to ask you all a favour.
A little girl called Isla is in the running to be the face of Kinder.
Isla has Down’s Syndrome.
Please vote for her and help to change people’s perceptions of disability.
Sadly attitudes remain broadly negative, ranging from casual distaste to full blown hate.
My family have only ever experienced the former, but some people are not so – I hesitate to say lucky because nobody should be treated badly, but you know what I mean.
You may have read about a recent case of disability hate crime that was so appalling it turned out to be a watershed moment.
A family were hounded by yobs to the point where the mother killed herself and her disabled daughter.
This wasn't an isolated incident.
Here is the story of a disabled lady named Di, told in her own words (click on the picture to maximise):
This kind of thing will only dissipate if disabled people are more visible and seen in a more positive light.
So please vote for Isla!
You can vote once a day, and voting is open for another 2 days, so favourite the page and do it daily.
Just a quick addendum to say a HUGE thanks to everyone over on Twitter who has passed on the link to my blog post. I have been really ill this weekend and you have all cheered me up massively.
A special mention must go to Robin Ince and Peter Serafinowicz. They have a lot of Twitter followers and by retweeting the link to my blog they helped spread the word to a wider audience than I could have ever hoped to reach. Absolute stars the pair of you!