View from the Chairs: Portraits from The Hardest Hit campaign
by Ju Gosling & Julie Newman

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On 11 May 2011, the biggest demonstration ever to be organised by disabled people took place in Westminster. More than 10,000 disabled people, our families, friends, carers and PAs marched on Westminster to protest against the cuts to disabled people’s benefits and services. The demonstration took place as part of The Hardest Hit campaign, organised jointly by the UK Disabled People’s Council (UKDPC) and the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC).

Julie Newman, the Acting Chair of UKDPC, chaired the rally on the Embankment that launched the day of action. Ju Gosling, the Chair of Regard and Director of the Together! 2012 festival, was one of the chief stewards for the march. View from the Chairs is their record of the day. The portraits are photographed from the perspective of a wheelchair user and a scooter user, with the majority taken on a phone.

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