As we get ready to bring in the New Year we’ve been looking back at what we achieved with your support in 2013. Here are some of the top Twitter and Facebook moments from 2013 that got you liking, commenting and retweeting.
Two of our most popular Facebook posts were about the achievements of two young people with Cerebral Palsy. 14-year-old Jack Carroll hit the headlines in May when he came second in the final of Britain’s Got Talent with his comedy. Our good luck message on Facebook got over 2,000 likes.
In November we shared the news that seven-year-old Holly had been chosen to model in a new campaign for Boden clothing. Holly and her great achievement received over 1,200 likes.
Campaigning and influencing the Government
When MPs started debating the Children and Families Bill in February we wanted to make sure disabled children were not forgotten by Michael Gove, the Secretary for Education. Almost 200 people joined our Thunderclap and thousands of you used the hashtag on Twitter #GoveUsABreak which helped get the message to over 4 million Twitter accounts!
More recently, many of you shared stories of how your child had been excluded from activities in your local area on Facebook. Read the latest news on the Bill from the Council For Disabled Children.
We’ve also been campaigning about social care this year. Our Britain Cares campaign asked people to send in a photo to show that they care about social care for disabled people. Thousands of you have sent in photos, shared the campaign on Facebook and Twitter, and our YouTube video has now had over 180,000 views.
In October, with the Care Bill going through Parliament, we joined with other charities in the Care and Support Alliance to ask “What do you do with yours?” and raise awareness for the importance of social care.
Challenging attitudes towards disabled people
The #HeardWhilstDisabled hashtag is used to share some of the things said to, or overheard by, disabled people. BBC Ouch wrote an excellent story about the hashtag with some of the worst examples such as “Isn’t it lovely to see them out and about?”.
This tweet was sent following the Panorama expose on the Work Programme. Panorama reported that disabled people were referred to as LTBs – lying, thieving bastards. We spoke out about how completely unacceptable this was. Read our full response to Panorama.
In February we were outraged when Councillor Collin Brewer said that “disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down.” Hundreds of you shared the news, commented on the story and were pleased when we shared the news of his resignation shortly afterwards.
We’ve also been using Facebook and Twitter to increase awareness for impairments and conditions such as Down Syndrome, Autism and Cerebral Palsy.
For World Down Syndrome Day in March our post sharing Sarah and Phillip’s story on Facebook reached nearly 35,500 people.
For World Autism Awareness day in April we shared a post from Ambitious about Autism asking people to share what ‘Autism is’ to them. Thanks to the support of Keith Duffy, we potentially reached almost 300,000 people on Twitter.
And for World Cerebral Palsy Day in October we asked you what you thought everyone should know about Cerebral Palsy and summarised your responses in a blog which has been read over 7,000 times.