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Max joins disability campaigners to learn more about accessibility


Max joined charity campaigner Steve from the Royal National Institute of Blind People and Dave who lives at a Leonard Cheshire care home, who took him on tours of the town centre to experience an hour in the life of blind and partially sighted people, and wheelchair users.

Max Wilkinson on a Cheltenham street using a white cane and a blindfold with RNIB campaigners

Max Wilkinson, Liberal Democrat candidate for Cheltenham said, “I am very grateful to Steve Hyde of RNIB who was very knowledgeable about the challenges caused by issues like street clutter. Every six minutes, someone in the UK begins to lose their sight and it’s very important that we build a society where people with sight loss are not excluded or isolated.”

“I was very happy to commit to being an RNIB Champion if I’m lucky enough to win the support of Cheltenham residents and become our town’s MP.”

Max Wilkinson in a wheelchair accompanied by a disabilities campaigner from Leonard Cheshire

On the wheelchair experience with Dave Evans who lives at Gloucestershire House, the Leonard Cheshire Care Home which provides living accommodation for over 30 adults near Cheltenham town centre, Max added, “Dave was very kind to offer his time to help me experience the issues faced by wheelchair users in our town, as well as to see the amazing facilities provided to him by the fantastic Leonard Cheshire charity.”

“The Liberal Democrats are committed to building a fairer society, particularly for people who are disabled. As Cheltenham’s Lib Dem candidate, I’m standing on a manifesto of targeting extra help for nursing students with bursaries for learning disability nursing where there is a shortage, and tackling institutional biases that mean disabled people are not properly represented in workplaces and in public life.”

“We also want to increase accessibility to public places and transport by making more stations wheelchair accessible, improving the legislative framework governing blue badges, setting up a benchmarking standard for accessible cities, and banning discrimination by private hire vehicles and taxis."

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