Mike Bonikowsky, a disability support worker in Ontario, summed it up for us in his article for Open Future Learning. He poignantly describes the lives of people with learning disabilities as being “well-accustomed to strangers keeping their distance in public places. The conditions we ironically bemoan on social media are barely distinguishable from how they have spent most of the days of their lives”. Let’s join together and make a change. Social isolation is hard for everyone. Wouldn’t it be great if we all came out of social isolation together?
Mencap’s research on friendships and loneliness prior to the coronavirus pandemic makes clear the effect on mental health of social exclusion. People with learning disabilities need our support to access work, social and leisure activities that society takes for granted so let’s take this opportunity to rethink inclusion.
With thanks to Hunter Norwood and his family we invite you to join us in flooding the internet with images of hope. Print this PDF and share your photos with us and on your social media - let’s spread the inclusion message!
Written by: The JWeb Team