Mary has this week committed to raising awareness about complex disabilities in her constituency after supporting an event organised by national disability charity, Sense.
She attended the ‘Say Hello to Sense’ event in Westminster, which was held to raise awareness about different types of communication needs for people with complex disabilities.
As well as learning some sign language, Mary had the opportunity to spend time talking to disabled people with different communication needs to learn more about their experiences, and Sense’s work to support people with complex disabilities.
Sense research has found that one of the biggest barriers to an inclusive society is communication with more than a quarter of non-disabled people saying they would actively avoid a conversation with a disabled person. As a result, many people with complex disabilities are socially isolated.
“I was really pleased to have the opportunity to meet with people with complex disabilities, and learn more about their different communication needs. It is vital that we do all we can to make sure that our country is accessible for everyone, and I commend the excellent work Sense are doing to support people who may be suffering from social isolation.
As a parent of a disabled child who had complex communication needs, I know from my own personal experience how difficult it can be for people and families in such cases. I will continue to work hard to ensure that all of my constituents are able to engage in a properly inclusive society, and will keep raising awareness of this issue in Parliament and beyond”
Sarah White, Head of Public Policy and Campaigns at Sense, said:
“We were delighted to welcome Mary Foy MP to our ‘Say Hello to Sense’ event and we appreciate her interest in raising awareness about different communication needs for people with complex disabilities.
Everyone communicates differently and Sense believes that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be left out of life. It’s important that we continue to work together to break down barriers and make the UK an accessible place for all people with complex disabilities.”