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Spotlight on invisible impairments

Have you seen our new advert on ITV? It’s all about invisible impairments – highlighting that one in five of us is disabled, but many impairments and conditions are not immediately obvious.

The advert features a host of famous faces, including The Chase star Paul Sinha. They talk about their high profile achievements, before revealing something that many people don’t know about them.

That they have invisible impairments, which are part of what makes them who they are.

With this powerful campaign, your support is raising awareness of the negative attitudes and social isolation faced by people with invisible impairments.
The advert runs until early November, so if you haven’t seen it already, watch out for it on your screens!

Saving worry and money

During the pandemic, 34% of disabled people said that energy costs or usage made them feel worried.

That’s why Disability Energy Support is so vital.

The service has supported almost 500 disabled people this year – providing advice about everything from switching tariffs to energy efficiency, saving customers an estimated £187,000.

Our energy experts will soon be able to offer advice about water, as well as joining customers on phone call.

Where’s the ambition?

The National Disability Strategy was billed as a bold vision to transform the lives of disabled people. But when it was recently published by the government, the reality was closer to a one year action plan.

Many of the short term commitments are promising, like taking action to improve public transport and forming a taskforce to look at the extra costs that disabled people face.

But unless we get clear detail beyond the next 12 months, it is hard to see how life will be different for the next generation of disabled people.

With your support, we will push the government to addresses the inequalities that disabled people face and call for the government to turn their plans into truly ambitious action for disability equality.

 

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