Merthyr Girl heads to Parliament!

Jennifer and Hannah meet Gerald Jones MP

Irlen Ambassador Jennifer Owen, 27 from Merthyr Tydfil has taken her campaign to get Irlen syndrome recognised in schools to a national level. Jennifer was invited to hold a Irlen Awareness’ event in Parliament after her successful event last year in the Welsh Assembly. On Tuesday 28 March she headed up a group of Irlen representatives and supporters for the event which was hosted by Gerald Jones MP for Merthyr and Rhymney.

Hanna Milller, Irlen suffer and campaigner said:

‘It was great opportunity to go to Westminster as Irlen ambassador to campaign for the condition due to no funding for the lenses and lack of awareness in schools to have Irlen screeners in every school.’

The event started with a warm welcome from Gerald Jones MP followed by speeches from Jennifer and Hannah Miller talking about their experiences with Irlen syndrome.  After that they was a discussion about the issues people with the condition are facing on daily basis –  like being refused coloured Paper. MP’s Stephen Doughty (Penarth and South Cardiff), Carolyn Harris (Swansea) and Chris Elmore (Ogmore) were among the politicians who came to hear the views and engaged in debate.

Jennifer said of the day:

‘Getting our voices heard in Parliament is remarkable and one that will never be forgotten because of how important the condition is.  It was so important to able to educating the people in power about the way they are treating people with Irlen syndrome – as at the moment it is so wrong!’

The event helped to raise awareness of Irlen syndrome and to educate people about the implications it can have on a person’s whole life.   The campaigners hope that Irlen will be officially recognised, especially in schools where it can have a huge impact on the learning outcomes for young people.


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