Why we need disability campaigners like Lord Rix now


Unfortunately it is never ending campaigning on disability issues for when you are successful on one count there are others to take its place.

This will only end when the sources of these maligned attitudes are persuaded to alter their views, so a concerted effort is required on the Government and many, if not all, of the tabloid media.

Westminster Confidential

Lord Rix pc credit BBC Lord Rix who died this week aged 92

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The sad death recently of Lord Rix highlighted how much progress a determined individual can make in a particular field.

As well as being famous for his slapstick comedy Lord Rix went on to have  a second career fighting for people with learning disabilities ending up as a vocal champion in the House of Lords

I knew Lord Rix in the 1980s when I was social services correspondent of The Guardian and he became secretary general of Mencap, the charity which campaigns for people with learning disabilities.

At the time there was enormous stigma attached to people who were then called mentally handicapped or even worse, Mongols, which was both derogatory and racist.

Most of them at the time were locked away in a network of hospitals for the mentally handicapped which people often confused with hospitals for…

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