Ninety days ago, we began counting down to the General Election 2015 by publishing a story everyday from a disabled person or a family with a disabled child. We want the public and politicians to get to know disabled people, so they understand them better.
The stories have covered a vast range of topics, we’ve had stories about accessibility, employment, exercise, extra costs, fashion, independent living, parenting, prejudice, siblings, sleep, social care, sports, technology, writing and much more!
As we near the end, we’ve looked for the five stories that have had the biggest reaction online so far:
Martin is a life-long Manchester United Fan and wanted to take all three of his son’s along to enjoy the football. One of his son’s uses a wheelchair. When Martin contacted Manchester United about their seating arrangements he couldn’t believe their response.
Many of you commented expressing your shock that such a wealthy club would treat disabled people in this way – some people even contacted Manchester United with their thoughts. The story was also picked up by the Daily Mail’s Manchester United team page.
Hannah is a writer, speaker, campaigner and mother of two; one with autism and complex learning disabilities. She wrote a story highlighting some of the shocking comments made by local authorities to mums of disabled children who work.
We shared the story for International Women’s Day and our Facebook posts was soon inundated with stories of similar attitudes. Many of you spoke about financial pressures forcing you to return to work and the guilt that many are made to feel.
Jean has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a painful condition which means she is prone to muscle tears and dislocated joints. She uses a wheelchair most of the time. Jean is an active campaigner for disability rights. In 2013 a bus driver refused to deploy the ramp to let her on a bus.
We frequently receive messages from people who have had bad experiences on public transport, so it was fantastic to be able to share Jean’s story where making a complaint led to an unexpectedly positive outcome.
Alexandra was 38 weeks into an uneventful pregnancy when she was informed that her baby’s brain had not developed properly and was offered a termination.
Carol has an invisible impairment, and shared a comment made by a senior manager at work.
The story had a huge response across social media with many people sharing their experiences of rude remarks and stares because their impairment wasn’t obvious. Ehlers-Danlos Support UK shared the message on their Facebook page.
Read all of the stories published so far and look out for the final nine stories.