Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled People joined more than 70 MPs at Mencap’s parliamentary reception to celebrate Learning Disability Week from 15 to 21 June.
At the event the Minister talked with young people with a learning disability and families from across the UK about the changes they want to see over the next five years.
The event was part of Mencap’s Learning Disability Week which was focused on the Hear my Voice campaign which is all about supporting people with a learning disability to tell their personal stories to politicians.
Jan Tregelles, chief executive at Mencap said: “With over a fifth of newly elected MPs having pledged support to Hear My Voice the voice of learning disability should be louder than ever. Giving new MPs a chance to meet face-to-face and discuss the concerns of people with a learning disability so early on in their term is hugely encouraging.
“It’s vital to bring about the change in attitudes we’re fighting for that the decision-makers in society are aware of the challenges faced by people with a learning disability. With the support of these newly elected MPs, we hope the lives of the people we support will remain firmly in their minds over the next five years”
Lord Brian Rix, Mencap President, added: “There are 1.4 million people in the UK with a learning disability and 6 million more family members and carers connected to them. However they often tell us they feel they are not listened to by politicians and subsequently many of the challenges they face go unheard and unresolved. We are asking new Members of Parliament and Ministers to listen to what people with a learning disability and their families have to say.”