It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Hft’s Voices to be Heard (VtbH) group, as the people we support and VtbH facilitators have worked hard to respond to two separate government consultations.

Around 30 people supported by Hft responded to a Call for Evidence on accessible voting from the Cabinet Office, which allowed them to share their experiences of voting in elections. 17 members of VtbH also gave their views as part of a Department for Transport consultation on their accessibility action plan, which looked at ways public transport can be made easier for those with disabilities.

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The group were then assisted by Hft’s Public Affairs & Policy Manager, Billy Davis, to put their views together and submit their responses as joint statements.

Cynthia Webb, Special Projects Manager for Inclusion at Hft, commented:

“Since participating in the UN investigation in Geneva earlier this year, the members of Voices to be Heard are more determined than ever to have their opinions heard by government.

“By responding to these consultations, the group are making sure that the experiences of adults with learning disabilities are taken into account by the government, as well as showing other people supported by Hft how we can work together to influence policy.”

Read more about how Henry and Becky gave evidence to the UN on disability rights in 2017.