On July 6th 2011 the BBC will shut down its popular Ouch message boards and has suggested that users instead use social networking sites. This will mean that disabled people, our family, friends, carers, those looking for information for academic reseach and just those interested in disability issues will have another resource, and a community that has been important to them, removed.
As a public body the BBC have certain obligations towards disabled people under the Disability Equality Duty (DED). We believe they will be failing to fulfil these responsibilities if this thriving and vital community is closed and we suspect they have failed to carry out an Equality Impact Assessment into how this closure will affect Britain's disabled population.
Please sign this petition to show the BBC's Director General Mark Thompson that you object to them closing the Ouch messageboards.