Radar, the Royal Association for Disability Rights, believes that it is vital that MPs hear directly from disabled people about the issues that affect them.
One in five people in every constituency are likely to be living with a disability or a health condition, yet last year in a ComRes/Scope poll 88% of disabled people said that they felt their voices were not heard by elected representatives. Furthermore, only 32% of people with learning disabilities voted in the 2010 General Election. And there are very few MPs with a declared disability.
To address this from 12 May until the end of June 2011 Radar will be encouraging disabled people to meet with their MP and find out how their MP can help them. It is hoped that this will result in ongoing relationships between MPs and people with lived experience of disability or health conditions, and help disabled people to campaign for change.
For more information or to register your interest, please email Marije Davidson or Cheryl Gowar at firstname.lastname@example.org.