BGT Lee: Help us find voice
‘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.”