BGT Lee: Help us find voice

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‘STIGMA’: Lost Voice Guy BRI­TAIN’S Got Ta­lent win­ner Lost Voice Guy be­lieves more needs to be done to com­bat stigma sur­round­ing dis­abil­ity.

Comic Lee Ri­d­ley, who has cere­bral palsy, be­came BGT’s first dis­abled win­ner last week.

Fel­low co­me­dian and Asperg­ers suf­ferer Robert White, 41, was run­ner-up.

Many peo­ple have claimed the re­sults were a sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment for those with dis­abil­i­ties.

But Lee, 37, said: “I think there’s still a long way to go. It was re­ally good to see two peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in the fi­nal of Bri­tain’s Got Ta­lent, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

“Only when we see more dis­abled peo­ple on tele­vi­sion and else­where in pub­lic life will some of the stigma about dis­abil­ity be taken away.

“It’s very im­por­tant for peo­ple to see dis­abled peo­ple in a more pos­i­tive light, so they un­der­stand that we’re just like any­one else.”

Lee told how turn­ing to com­edy helped him cope with his con­di­tion.

He added: “I think tak­ing the mick out of my­self helped me cope with things a lot. If I didn’t laugh about things, then I’d most def­i­nitely cry.

“I think any­thing can be joked about if you han­dle the sub­ject cor­rectly.”

PROJECTS: Stan­hope

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