We have created an e-petition to lobby for prosopagnosia to become a formally recognized condition. To get the issue debated in the House of Commons, we need 100 000 signatures on the petition. Our petition reads as follows:
Campaign for formal recognition of prosopagnosia (face blindness)
Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions
Prosopagnosia (or face blindness) is characterized by the inability to recognize others from their face. The condition can be acquired or developmental (i.e. lifelong) in origin, and is thought to affect one person in fifty. Yet, public and professional awareness of the condition is low. According to the Equality Act 2010, you are disabled if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to carry out normal daily activities. Although prosopagnosia clearly meets these criteria, many people feel unable to disclose their condition at their place of work. Further, the current lack of awareness also means the condition goes undetected in many children. Public discussion and formal recognition of prosopagnosia is essential in order to afford equal rights to individuals of all ages who are affected by the condition.
You must be a British citizen or UK resident to sign the petition, and it will ask for your name, residential address, and email address. Please note that your signature will not be added until you click the link that will be emailed to you after you sign the petition, so it's really important to follow this extra step. The whole process only takes a couple of minutes. We would also appreciate it if you could use your own social networks and encourage family and friends to sign the petition - this will help us reach the 100 000 target!
For more information on our awareness campaign please click here.
Many thanks for your help.