We are very angry about the torture that people with a learning disability have suffered in Winterbourne View Hospital, Bristol
This is the letter that we have sent to Andrew Lansley, Minister of the Government. We sent the letter on 3rd June and we are still waiting to hear from him. As soon as we do hear, we will let you know and paste what they say up here. Please help us to complain about this.
The Right Honourable Andrew Lansley MP
House of Commons
SW1 A 0AA
3rd June 2011
Dear Mr Lansley
We are writing to you about the scandal of abuse in Winterbourne View Hospital, Bristol, for people with learning disabilities where staff were torturing the people who lived there. We saw the BBC Panorama programme and the headlines in the BBC and it made us feel very angry and sad: it makes us wonder how many more people with a learning disability are living like that.
We are the committee of the award winning international Oska Bright short film festival. We show films made by people with learning disabilities. These are powerful films which give positive messages by telling people stories which aim to change what the general public think about learning disabled people and our lives.
We show a different side to learning disability. It is a very positive festival and the only one of its kind in the world. We know, from asking people who come to the festival, that the films have the power to change lives for the better. We show how people with learning disabilities have the ability to live a more independent life and how we, as a community, have moved on from the days of large institutions and the types of abuse that happen in those places.
We offer you our library of films and our abilities as film makers, and ask you to work with us to show positive images from our community that challenge the types of discrimination that comes from out dated models of care.
People with learning disabilities are equal citizens. We must not be treated this way. We want to show other people that we speak out, live independent lives, get married etc just like everyone else.
We look forward to helping you give positive messages that balances the reporting that we have seen this week.
The Oska Bright Steering Committee
Caroline Lucas, MP
Lord Steve Bassam
Mark Goldring, CEO, MENCAP
Mark Thompson, BBC Director General
Alan Rusbridger, Editor, Guardian Newspaper
Paul Bonham, Arts Council England South East
Amanda Nevill, Director, BFI
Bill Randall, Leader of Brighton and Hove Council
Oska Bright is the only award winning short film festival anywhere in the world that is programmed, managed and delivered by people with learning disabilities.