Jenny Willott MP Backs Disabled Campaigners' No. 10 Petition

December 21, 2009 12:00 AM
Jenny with the Trailblazers

Jenny meets the Trailblazers outside No.10

This week, Jenny Willott, Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, joined young disabled campaigners to take their fight for better disabled access for transport, education and leisure venues to No. 10 Downing Street.

The Trailblazers, the Muscular Dystrophy campaign's pressure group of disabled 16 to 30 year olds, have been investigating the state of transport, education and leisure facilities for disabled people in the UK over the past year.

They presented a summary of these three reports called Inclusion Now to Parliament on Tuesday, as well as handing in the petition at No. 10. Jenny Willott MP joined 50 Trailblazers and the Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe MP at the event. The reports highlight that:

· wheelchair users regularly pay more to use public transport than their non-disabled peers and are made to feel like second-class citizens on public transport because of a lack of awareness from staff and inaccessible stations

· one in 10 disabled students doesn't have accessible accommodation, cooking and dining facilities integrated into mainstream university life

· four out of five young disabled people have had problems using leisure facilities that aren't disabled friendly.

Commenting afterwards, Jenny said:

"I applaud the work these young campaigners are doing in making transport, education and leisure facilities more accessible to disabled people.

"I hope that with my support, together we will be able to make a real difference to everyday life for disabled people."

Having met Jenny Willott, Trailblazer Ambassador Jessica Berry said:

"We're grateful for the support of Jenny Willott. With their backing we're hopeful that we'll be able to bring about real change for young disabled people."

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is the only national charity focusing on all muscle diseases. It invests £3 million a year in care support services, research, muscle centres, networks, information and resources. It has pioneered the search for treatments and cures for 50 years and provides practical, medical and emotional support to people affected.

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