Barrhead News 27/08/18 Talented Lee is breaking down barriers faced by disabled people

Posted: July 15th, 2018

Every year, we tune into Britain’s Got Talent, wondering who will make it to the final few.

And this year’s competition was groundbreaking, as the winner was Lee Ridley (pictured above), who is also known as The Lost Voice Guy.

This 37-year-old stand-up comedian from Newcastle has been disabled since early life and unable to speak.

He is the first stand-up in Britain to use a communication aid in his routines.

At the age of six months, he was diagnosed with a neurological form of cerebral palsy, brought about by a brain infection that left him in a coma for two months.

This affected his movement and rendered him unable to speak but what he lacks in speech he makes up for in humour.

Lee is also the first comedian to win the show.

I was invited on to BBC Radio Scotland to talk about the show and also featured on the Scotland Tonight current affairs show on STV.

It was an honour for me to be able to discuss the success of both comedians in breaking down barriers.

I’d also like to highlight the Down Syndrome Congress that will take place at the SEC, in Glasgow, from July 25-27.

This will be the first time in 32 years that the event has been held in the UK.

It will feature speakers who have Down’s Syndrome, as well as professionals who work in this field.

If you would like more information about the congress, visit the website at www.wds2018.org.uk.

The congress only comes around every two years and is a chance to celebrate everything that is positive about people with Down’s Syndrome.

Just a reminder that East Renfrewshire Disability Action is here to offer support and advice to anyone who has an issue concerning disability.

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