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FIRST MINISTER REASSURES ADULTS WITH A LEARNING DISABILITY THEIR VOICES MATTER

The First Minister has told adults with a learning disability their voices matter and their views should be heard.

Arlene Foster was speaking as she visited the Association For Real Change in Enniskillen, an organisation that works to improve the quality of life for people with a learning disability.

During the visit she took part in a recorded interview as part of their Telling It Like It Is project. She was asked a series of questions about her life and career from adults with a learning disability.

Afterwards, Mrs Foster said: “One of the telling questions I was asked today was if I think it is a good idea for people with a learning disability to have their voices heard?”

“My answer was: ‘Yes, definitely.’ We want a society where everyone is included, and everyone can have their say.

“That’s important for all people, but especially for those who feel they are not being listened to. No one should feel that their views don’t count.

“I told those here today that their experiences matter, their ideas matter and their opinions matter.

“As First Minister, I have worked for the good of all citizens here in Northern Ireland, and tried to make life better for everyone.

“I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet those involved with the Telling It Like It Is project. I am happy to underline the message that the voices of those with a learning disability do matter.”

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