Channel 4 News has put out a report today, talking about how people with learning disabilities are being excluded online.
It was a really good piece which showed some of the real-life problems many people with learning disabilities have accessing information online. The report gave some examples including how difficult it is to find a job or anything about voting online. (We are doing some work around this issue at United Response).
The piece ran at 12 noon and I really hope it makes it into more news programmes. You can watch the piece or read the article on their website
The best thing about it was that the report showed people with learning disabilities either using websites themselves or talking about the difficulties they face. Rather than someone else doing the talking for them.
The report featured people using assistive technologies at The Rix Centre and there was a great spokesperson from Mencap. I know the producer worked hard with lots of people, including United Response on this piece and guess what? I think we all said the same things.
It’s excellent that this has been highlighted in this way and I hope some good things come out of it.