Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Vote for Isla – A Recap
My original blog on this subject is a few weeks old now, so I thought I would repost it.
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! And encourage your friends, family and co-workers to do the same.
You can vote once a day, and voting is open for another 17 days, so favourite the page and do it daily.
You'll have to register to vote. PLEASE don't let this put you off. It's a two second job. Just your name and email address.
If you're having trouble registering, this may be because of your chosen password.
Your password must be more than six characters and contain at least one capital letter and at least one number.
If Isla won it would be a huge step towards promoting a more positive view of the disabled. Something that is hugely lacking at present.
And finally, care of my Google Analytics tool here are a few more of the strange and stupid Google searches that have brought people to my blog:
‘why women can't be comedians’ – the irony
‘is burt reynolds a christian?’ – what were they going to do with this information?
‘which comedian died by drunk nuns’ – a terrible premonition?
‘where do I send a letter to the creator and voices of Alvin and the Chipmunks’ – now there’s a question!
‘derek acorah child porn’ – is there something we don’t know about everyone’s favourite TY psychic?
‘bible games about hats’ – erm...
Oh and one more time as it bears repeating. VOTE FOR ISLA!