Former student’s campaign to improve the lives of adults with disabilities

Elliot smiling sitting next to MP

Former National Star student Elliot joined learning disability charity Hft to lobby MPs in a campaign to improve the lives of adults with learning disabilities.

Elliot, who was Student Union president when he was at National Star, first learned about Hft when the Student Union worked with the charity on its long-term strategy.

Hft launched its Voices for Our Future plan at Parliament and Elliot spoke to MPs about the campaign.

“We were lobbying the government on four different areas: housing, attitude, work, and social care,” says Elliot. “My job was to speak to MPs about housing and how the lack of housing affects me and others like me. I hope we got our point across and this will help in the future.”

Hft is calling for changes around four key areas: social care, the world of work, housing and attitudes towards people with a disability. Adults with learning disabilities identified these as the biggest barriers to leading fulfilled lives. 

Elliot knows just how valuable an independent lifestyle can be for people with a learning disability. However, a lack of accessible and inclusive housing has stripped him of his independence.

“After National Star College, I had no choice but to move back home with my parents and brother, even though I’d love to live independently like any other young person,” he explains.

“Elliot’s story is similar to many of National Star students who struggle to find the facilities and support they need to live fulfilling and productive lives,” said Lynette Barrett, Chief Executive National Star.

“These young people have every right to move away from the family home, as most young adults do and often take for granted. It is increasingly disappointing that still so many people with disabilities find it difficult to secure appropriate accommodation and even more challenging to secure the right care package.

“We very much support Hft’s campaign. As national charities it is important for us to combine our energies to make change happen.”

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