Heart of England Mencap, which provides support to people with learning disabilities across Warwickshire, has called on the county’s candidates to sign-up to a campaign called Hear My Voice.
Local events – where those with or affected by learning disabilities can quiz election hopefuls – are also in the pipeline.
With the General Election just months away, Hear My Voice is a national Mencap movement uniting millions of people with a learning disability and their families, to ensure the next Government addresses the key issues they face.
Three people with a learning disability die avoidably in the NHS every single day. A quarter of adults with a learning disability spend less than one hour outside their home each day.
And eight in ten family carers of a loved one with a learning disability have reached crisis point.
Every single day, these and other issues affect 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK, and their families.
But according to Heart of England Mencap these issues are rarely debated during elections and most politicians do not understand what a learning disability is, or how these issues impact on people’s lives.
Chief Executive Helena Wallis said: “This is why people with a learning disability need to be listened to.
“Politicians don’t understand how issues like poor health care, hate crime and social isolation affect the lives of those with learning disabilities – and those connected to them.
“We are fortunate to have very supportive MPs in Warwickshire who we have worked with in the past – and who we are sure will lend their ears to Hear My Voice along with all of our local candidates.”
Visit www.mencap.org.uk/hearmyvoice for further details.