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Petition to All UK party leaders

UK party leaders: Commit to including people with disabilities in global aid

We're calling on the leaders of all UK political parties to make disability-inclusive development a manifesto promise. Haja, who’s blind, wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She goes to an inclusive school in Sierra Leone, set up to cater for students with and without disabilities. Because she’s included, she’s getting an education and will have the chance, like her peers, to one day find a job and contribute to her community. In developing countries around the world, hundreds of millions of children with disabilities aren’t as fortunate as Haja – where she’s learning and dreaming of the future, they’re being left behind. But if our leaders commit to making sure global aid reaches the most marginalised people worldwide, these children could all have a future where they can learn, earn and be happy. Help us make it happen – please sign our petition calling on political party leaders to commit to improving the lives of people with disabilities in their manifestos. Education’s not the only area where inclusive global development can transform lives – it can open up access to employment and health care for the world’s most marginalised people, it can combat discrimination and negative attitudes, and it can have a huge economic impact in communities, creating growth and reducing poverty. If the UK government shows global leadership by making sure people with disabilities are included when aid decisions are made, it could genuinely change the world. That’s why we’re calling on all party leaders to make disability-inclusive development a manifesto promise – we want them to commit to reaching the people who for too long have been left behind.  

Sightsavers UK
7,133 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Edward Timpson MP, Justine Greening MP

Stop using labels as an excuse! Teach disabled children to read and write #TeachUsToo

My name is Jonathan Bryan and I am 10 years old. Until last year I was unable to communicate, as I am in a wheelchair with Cerebral Palsy and my voice does not work.  Learning to spell, using only my eyes, has totally transformed my life, but it is only possible because my mother taught me to read and write.  What brings me incredible sorrow is watching my non-verbal friends in wheelchairs miss out on the fullness of life because no-one believes that they are worth teaching literacy to, and waiting locked in for someone to give them a chance to have a voice. In my experience, non-verbal children like me can’t be described as having Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) when they have never been taught. At the age of 4, I entered the special education system yoked with the label PMLD despite no-one having taught me; or having found a way for me to communicate. I believe children like me should be reclassified as having Profound and Multiple Access to Learning Difficulties.  Special needs teachers must believe in the potential of their pupils, take the time to find out how the different children will access literacy, and then teach them.  Disabled children with communication issues are not being taught in special schools.  They are being babysat! If literacy was taught to children in special schools more children would be unlocked like me.  My dream is that every non-verbal child is taught to read and write.  Underestimating special needs children is robbing them of their right to education and communication.  Until this is seen as the abuse it is, nothing will change.  Reforming the special needs curriculum must be a priority. #TeachUsToo You can read more about my story on my blog: Twitter: @eyecantalk Facebook: Eye Can Talk      

Jonathan Bryan
188,132 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Christian Porter

Scott Morrison: Don't Deny People with Disability Access To Welfare Support

In the 2017 Budget, Scott Morrison declared the Turnbull government would deny people "welfare for a disability caused solely by their own substance abuse" This was the final welfare crackdown measure announced at the end of a budget that earlier included a 0.5% levy to guarantee funding for the NDIS and $80 million for mental health. This targeted attack on people with disability was however left far away from those measures trumpeted earlier in the speech. This attack on people with disability is a cheap political ploy that will scrape away relatively few dollars in "savings" but cause huge harm to individuals and push larger costs to health and not for profit services. In trying to score some short sighted points with the inevitable group that might dismiss the small number of people with disability receiving welfare due solely to substance abuse, Scott Morrison has missed the economic point. Australia is a mixed market economy and our system of social support including policies such as income support and the NDIS are there to ensure that all Australians can live, earn and spend freely, contributing too and growing our economy. When Scott Morrison cuts support to people with disability, it may be self validating to think that 'they don't deserve funding, they did it to themselves', but that is a short sighted approach. What then happens is that these people who Treasurer Morrison dismisses as unworthy are abandoned, are at risk of great personal suffering and from a purely economic perspective, become a greater cost elsewhere in the system. Not only is this bad morals and ethics, it is bad economics. Given Treasurer Morrison's willingness to fully fund the NDIS with 0.5% levy, it is clear he understands the economics of social programs and how they build rather than break national economies. This chest thumping approach to support for people with disability can only be seen as part of the wave of Trump-era populism that is sending us back to the dark ages. Add your voice and tell ScoMo this is a no go. Show the Treasurer that this attack on people with disability is not right or popular! Read More Here
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