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The idea that disabled people would rather stay inside is a myth

By Lucy Webster   June 2013

In the minds of most people the term civil rights conjures images of Emmeline Pankhurst being attacked by police, or Martin Luther King Jr delivering a historic speech to thronged masses on Washington’s National Mall. These images, in black and white, seem to be snapshots of a different age. But one marginalised group in society is still waiting to be granted the unrestricted access to cast their ballot. This group is comprised of people with disabilities—people like me.

In recent years most press coverage of the disabled has focused on benefits and whether we receive too much or too little.…

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