I notice issues that a non-disabled person never would.
I was really keen not to be seen as the 'disability councillor' when I was first elected as my role is to represent all my residents. However, particularly when dealing with planning matters, I have come to understand the true value of "nothing about us without us".
Officers have commented that I notice issues that a non-disabled person never would and as a result, changes are being made to plans and policies to improve the outcomes for disabled residents. I hope that this means the future in my borough at least may really be more inclusive and accessible.
Cllr Anna Charles-Jones, Independent, Stockport MBC