My name is Andy Hayes, and I will be standing as an Independent candidate in the Newark by-election on 5 June 2014.
I am a wheelchair user, with multiple neurological impairments, and neuro-diverse.
I believe we should all have equal opportunity to participate in and with society, and in the decision-making processes that design our society.
I will be campaigning for the following and hope that these issues will be taken seriously and debated seriously:
Accessibility is the key to equality. Equality enables people to contribute their skills to society, making a better society for us all.
Andy Hayes is the founder and designer of the award-winning website www.hi2u.org, supporting people with hidden impairments - sometimes also referred to as invisible disabilities, or neuro-diverse – which includes people living with ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Dyslexia. The site provides information, inspiration and hope for young people and their families and carers.
Over the years Andy has also initiated or contributed to several successful voluntary centres, groups and committees, with the aim of enabling and improving the lives of people with disabilities and hidden impairments, including the Disabled Action Centre (South Northants): Andy saw an underused village school and organised a campaign and found funding to turn it into a much-needed community centre for disabled people.
Since moving to Newark and Sherwood in the 1980s, Andy has been involved in many significant disability initiatives and projects, including:
This webpage was last updated on 18th May 2014.
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