APPG on Parkinson’s marks UK Disability History Month 2021

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Parkinson’s is marking UK Disability History Month, which runs from 18 November to 18 December 2021 and is now in its 12th year.

The joint themes for the year are hidden impairments and sex and relationships. 

More than half of the 14.5m disabled people in the UK have hidden impairments, including many of the symptoms which affect people with Parkinson’s. 

You can read more about this year’s Disability History Month here.

Mary Glindon MP and Baroness Gale, co-chairs of the APPG on Parkinson’s, said: 

"UK Disability History Month is now in its 12th year, and as co-chairs of the APPG on Parkinson’s, we continue to celebrate the fantastic contribution of people with Parkinson’s in our society. 

"1 million people are affected by the condition in the UK including those living with Parkinson’s, friends, family and carers.

"In keeping with this year’s theme of hidden impairments, we want to highlight that there are more than 40 symptoms of Parkinson’s people live with everyday. Many of them being hidden, such as lack of sleep, anxiety and stiffness. 

"Parkinson’s UK has recently launched their ‘Time for Can’ campaign to improve awareness and understanding about the condition and  how these hidden and debilitating symptoms can impact everyday tasks, leading to ‘can’ts’. 

"But there are things we can all do to play a part in finding a cure for Parkinson’s and improve quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. 

"We encourage people to find out more about Parkinson’s and how together we can find a cure."