I WAS thumbing through the Press the other day and stumbled across an article regarding Deputy Marc Leadbeater and his son, vis-a-vis how the latter is said to have affected Deputy Leadbeater’s working life. I feel compelled to write a response to what seems an amazing, appalling and, ironically enough, uneducated stance from what is supposed to be a council of education. I am extremely proud to consider Deputy Leadbeater’s son a close and personal friend of mine. Yet again I am concerned that assumptions are being made about the life and times of someone living with a disability. A rhetoric rings in my head: ‘Do these comments reverberate from research of those living with disability?’ ‘Do these comments come from personal experience of living with someone with a disability?’ I doubt it. It seems that presumptions are being made about Deputy Leadbeater with no evidential or experiential backing. Has anyone making such a presumption even met my friend?