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Posters unveiled in Orpington aim to show people with learning disabilities are just like those without

PUBLISHED: 11:45 28 April 2014 | UPDATED: 11:56 28 April 2014

Jo Johnson MP attended the official unveiling

Jo Johnson MP attended the official unveiling

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A group of young people living with learning disabilities have created a poster campaign to show they would like to be treated equally.

The posters aim to show what the group like to doThe posters aim to show what the group like to do

The posters will be displayed at the Walnuts Shopping Centre, Orpington and were officially unveiled there last week in an event attended by Jo Johnson MP.

The group are led by 26-year-old Holly Pace and all live in sheltered accommodation managed by Sanctuary Supported Living.

With the support of Fixers, a national charity which makes multi media resources about issues that are important to young people, they are aiming to spread the message that disabled people should be treated as you would want to be treated yourself.

The campaign addresses the way they feel able-bodied people view them and explains that they would like to be treated as equals rather than ignored, stared at or interrupted.

The three posters show the group doing something they enjoy, like listening to music or painting, to show that people with disabilities are just like those without.

Holly said: “I feel like people aren’t aware of the right way to treat those with disabilities so we wanted to change that. I don’t think people understand what it’s like to be disabled.

“The posters show what we like to do and what makes us happy and that we are no different from anyone else.”

Holly added: “I think the posters will work and will make people aware of disabilities.

“I hope they will understand more about what it’s like to have a disability and change the way people act around us and treat us.”

Jo Johnson said: “I think it is brilliant that these young people are making their voices heard in the community in this way. Hopefully the posters will attract a lot of attention and make people think twice before judging others.”

For more information about Fixers visit www.fixers.org.uk

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