First things first, you may have already heard the good news but it bears repeating.
My local underpass finally found a sponsor.
It's quite an underpass, so I expect AdCars will be coining it in.
Believe it or not though, that is not the purpose of this blog.
You may recall that I went to the Hardest Hit march in London last week.
Well, the day after the march, this news story emerged
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/may/15/disability-living-allowance-scope-cuts detailing the results of a survey, which reveals that disabled people have faced greater hostility from the public since the Government launched their benefit reforms.
It's easy to see why. The disabled are a sidelined, relatively invisible group. Disability is often misunderstood and as a result can end up being feared and derided. Accordingly it is easy to spin lies concerning people who the majority of the country know next to nothing about and have little time for.
Which is why - as I've mentioned before http://christinalouisemartin.blogspot.com/2009/10/vote-for-isla-recap.html - it is important to have more images of disabled people in the media and to have prominent disabled public figures.
However, according to a recent poll for Mencap, over half the British population (52 per cent) are unable to name a high profile person they have seen in the media with a disability, increasing to 99 per cent who are unable to correctly name someone with a learning disability.
In response to the poll, Mencap have put together their Hotlist; a celebration of 20 people with a learning disability. And here it is:
Please do have a read, pass the link on and get the word out that the disabled are capable, vital people who deserve a voice.