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Push for better inclusion of people with learning and physical disabilities in society

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After campaigning for the Rosa Morison Day Centre in Barnet, London, I now fully appreciate the difficulty of the challenges people with physical and learning disabilities have to face, including everyday tasks that come as natural to an abled bodied person.

People with profound and multiple physical and learning disabilities (PMLD) are dealing with lots of challenges on a daily basis such as a communication barrier and therefore not being able to interact with the others. This lack of social inclusion is seen in society with only a quarter of all tube stations in London having standard wheelchair access. Although this figure is improving, people with the most profound disabilities are not being accounted for, especially since they often require specialised wheelchairs (full body length wheelchairs) so are therefore left behind. Another issue people with PMLD face is eating solid foods, so are often housebound because most restaurants refuse to liquidise food. This is clearly not social inclusion which is why a change is needed.

This change could be brought about by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan by improving the infrastructure of the London Underground, as well as Mike Friar, the MP in this area by perhaps better enforcing the Equality Act 2010 where it states: '[We must] support living and inclusion in the community, and to prevent isolation or segregation from the community' and be 'responsive to their needs'

Thank you for reading this and I hope you understand why a change needs to be made.