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Having a disability means you feel even more excluded from economics and politics than other young people do. We need to be part of the conversationOne of the greatest transformations to come out of this election is the focus on young voters. After years of being derided by politicians and the media, young people are finally being spoken about as a demographic of whom to take notice. But what stands out is that young people with disabilities aren’t even getting a mention.This is particularly depressing considering how bleak the future looks for many young disabled people in Britain. That isn’t melodramatic, it is the reality of growing up disabled at a time of unprecedented cuts to disability support and services. Stacked on top of the issues facing young people generally – unstable work, student debt, rising rents – young disabled adults are having to deal with their own distinct problems, born from an era that seems happy to simultaneously sacrifice the young and disabled. Related: Labour’s young voter surge was about issues, not just Jeremy Corbyn As a wheelchair user, I’ve never felt more disabled than when I’m looking at housing ‘options’ Related: Disabled students fear for their future as independence payments cut Continue reading…

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The Guardian