Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Speaking Up project needs young disabled people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough!

After a fantastic first year in Cambridgeshire, Speaking Up's integrate project is expanding into Peterborough - and is looking for young people with learning disabilities who would like to take part!

Pictured: last year's Integrate members

We're on the lookout for people with learning disabilities aged 16 - 25 who want to get involved in the project - taking part in fun social activities before running fun and informative workshops to increase awareness and understanding of issues faced by young people with learning disabilities.

Last year, young people with disabilities, together with non-disabled buddies, created a great dvd which highlighted the issues faced by young disabled people - one disabled young person on the project said:

"It's not just about planning and making [the dvd], but also it improves other's lives around us, for them not to judge us about how we are but to treat us as equals"

Pictured: Proud Integrate members Robert and Chris with their dvds!

The young people on the project then took the dvd on tour, visiting youth clubs and mainstream schools to screen their film. The film went down really well, with most young people in the audience saying that it had changed their perception of young people with learning disabilities.

"It was a very good dvd - I learnt quite a lot and it was interesting to find out about people with disabilities"

"I liked the video because it showed that disabled people can work"

(both quotes from female students aged 12 who attended a workshop)

If you, or somebody you know, are aged 16 - 25 with a learning disability who would like to get involved in the project - get in touch! Vicky works on the Integrate project, and would love to hear from you. You can contact her on vicky.tyas@speakingup.org or 01223 555842

Click here to check out Integrate's facebook group!

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