Brilliant powerhouse Comedian Rosie Jones owned last night’s Question Time – moving viewers with her honesty surrounding the problems disabled people face and highlighting many key issues we have been working to overcome with the Access Fylde Project.
She was speaking during her first appearance on the programme and told viewers and the panel – which included Health Secretary Matt Hancock – that while the Disability Discrimination Act had been beneficial, that disabled people were still ignored.
Rosie Jones is the face and voice of Channel 4’s travel series called Mission: Accessible , where she is joined by a fellow comedians, including Maisie Adam and James Acaster, as they try to put together an accessible UK trip.
This ground-breaking act was a huge milestone; prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of disability and an extension in 2006 addressed key areas such as employment and education.
Rosie, 30, said that the act has helped her lead a better life:
“I had an education at a mainstream school, I went to university, I got a job and with my cerebral palsy have been a successful and independent human being
Shockingly, she explained that she wears headphones to block out the daily abuse she still suffers, highlighting that we still have a long way to go.
She spoke candidly about many pressing current issues, admitting she has literally been hung up on when trying to phone a business to apply for a job because of how she speaks!
She passionately said on the programme: “Right now, 250,000 disabled people are unemployed and because of Covid that is rising. I have had times of unemployment. Unemployment is huge amongst disabled people.
“I was going to say that disabled people are overlooked, but they’re not. They are deliberately ignored because disabled people need more care, and more money, and I don’t feel like – as a disabled person – I am getting the care and support I need right now.”
This is sadly very true, so incredibly wrong and a real driving force behind our project. Isn’t it high time we stopped ignoring disabled people and worked together to become inclusive and accessible for all?
The BBC is airing a series of special programmes, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act being introduced in 1995.