IDDP celebrations

Are you keen to celebrate diversity? 

Here is our report about IDDP celebrations in Barking and Dagenham. 


The December 3rd is International Day of the Disable People.

Barking and Dagenham has already started planning the event. We talk to Keith and Neal about their plans for IDDP, 2015. They tell us about this year’s theme and how to become involved in celebrations.

Anyone who attends the event will also see Essex girl-band, the SweetChix, perform!

Here is the Essex girl-band SweetChix. See them perform at IDDP celebrations.

Learning Disability Week

It’s Learning Disability Week. How are we celebrating? With research, of course!

Here is our report:


This week is Learning Disability Week and Mencap wants us to help them celebrate. Mencap is a Charity that works with “people with a learning disability to change laws, challenge prejudice and support them to live their lives as they choose.” You can find out about Mencap using this website: https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/learning-disability-week

Mencap says that “Children with a learning disability are often socially excluded and 8 out of 10 children with a learning disability are bullied.” We want to change this. We want all children to feel safe and included.

IMG_0456Eastside Community Heritage and the AbPhab Youth group designed some surveys to collect facts about bullying.   The Young People’s Development Forum at Progress Press (Barking and Dagenham) helped us.

When we have completed our research we will publish a report.  Teachers, parents, students and councils can learn from our research.

Please help us by completing our surveys online http://antibullyingdisability.com Or we will send you a survey to fill in through the post or via email.

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Bitter on Twitter?

Leigh, Georgina, Hayley, Andre, Daniel, Shane and Julia from AbPhab talked about Hate on Twitter. Here is their report:


What is Twitter?

twitterTwitter is a social networking site on the Internet. Twitter lets people to make and share comments, ideas or opinions with each other. amnestyTwitter allows communities across the world to come up with good ideas or stand up for their rights.

So how does it work?

Anyone over 13 can sign up or register to use Twitter. People registered to Twitter may write a message about what they think or feel and post the message online. Anyone with an Internet connection can read the messages. Twitter works a bit like birds tweeting or chirping to each other across trees in huge forest. Twitter has 500 million tweets a day!

Twitter for good

Twitter is a good way to spread news and make people think and learn. Here are some examples. hawkings A woman called Lucy Hawking wrote a letter about disabilist language which was published in the Guardian newspaper.  The letter explained how disablist language can hurt people. Many people read the letter because they heard about it on Twitter. antibullyingWe use Twitter to make people aware of disability bullying and hate crime.

Who uses twitter?

Lots of different people use Twitter. Twitter is full of people making interesting and sometimes funny or sad comments. But some people use Twitter to make hateful messages. Hateful message are sent to people about their sexuality, their religion or faith or their disability.

Famous people

sueRecently, a famous comedian called Sue Perkins left Twitter because she was receiving death threats from people. A famous Chef called Jack Monroe also left Twitter because of homophobic abuse. People who make hateful comments are called Trolls. Trolls bully other people using Twitter. Trolls create fear. Trolls stir up hatred.

Everyday hate

spaz Hate and ignorance is not only directed at famous people.  Hateful comments may be directed to anyone. Some people make hateful comments using hash tags. For example, they may use disabilist hashtags like #spaz or #retard.  These hash tags are hurtful. These hash tags are hateful.

Twitter and safety

Twitter is a company that invented a very clever technology to help people share who they are with the world. The company has a responsibility to provide a safe space for all people. This is especially important because the company Twitter is encouraging people to share. People share pictures of themselves, their ideas, their thoughts and their identities. Companies that provides a space for young people must make sure that everyone is safe from hateful comments and behaviour.

The owners of Twitter are very rich because over 300 million people use Twitter.  Some of profit from Twitter should be spend on safety. Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook have a responsibility to stop hate.  Twitter has some good ways to report hate.

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You can mute or block or report hateful messages. But is Twitter doing enough to keep everyone safe? Can Twitter do more? Can everyone do more to stop hate?

Progress Project

Project is a fantastic charity based in Barking and Dagenham. The group supports a Young Persons’ Development Forum where young people have the opportunity to talk about issues that are important to them and make change.

The Young Persons’ Development Forum also run campaigns. So far, they have run campaigns on issues like spitting, transport and transitions.  Young people design the campaigns and conduct the research. Progress Project are helping us with our bullying and hate crime campaign.

Logo-2If you want to be part of this dynamic and rewarding group, then please visit their website: www.bdpp.org.uk Or call their office on 07565533247. The project coordinator is Carron Beckwith.

Camden People First

Julia went to visit Camden People First. She met with a group of people from a Learning Disability Hate Crime group and found a friendly and useful service. This is her report.  


Tucked away in Camden is Camden People First. Camden People First is a self-advocacy project run and led by people with learning difficulties.

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It’s a friendly and welcoming place where people with a learning disability speak up for themselves, make decisions about their lives, and take action to claim their rights.

Look at their website and you will see that they run a number of different projects as well as a fantastic Learning Disability Hate Crime and Mate Crime project.

Camden People First is also a reporting centre so anyone with a learning disability can talk to them about bullying and hate crime.

The Hate Crime Team  meets every Monday morning to talk about Hate Crime and Mate Crime. The group provides support to people experiencing hate and mate crime.  They also run training sessions for police and schools.

Dawn is the project co-ordinator.


 

Voting

Vote-1_1024x1024Are you 18 or over?

Do you feel strongly about disability hate crime or any other issue?

Do you want your voice to be heard in parliament?

We think it is a good idea to read about the politicians and parties who are standing for election on May 7th.

We think you should listen to what they are saying and then use your vote to have a say about issues which are important to you.

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Mencap has created some really good guides about elections and voting.

You can download and read these guides here: https://www.mencap.org.uk/allaboutvoting

You can also use the hashtag  on twitter to see what other people are saying about voting, the election and issues which are important to them.

You may also like to look at these videos about voting.

Buses and bullying

Hayley, Andre, Shannon, Georgina, Leigh and friends talked about bullying on buses.  We wrote this article to help anyone who uses buses and trains and worries about bullying.


Bullying and hate crime can happen on a bus when you travel to your home or school, college and work.

Bullying can happen late at night or during the day.

Some young people worry that they may be called bad names, teased or punched.

Some people worry that their phones may be taken.

Some people worry about their freedom pass being stolen because it’s worth a lot of money.

Some young people worry that they are more likely to be bullied on a bus than in other places like a classroom.

Everyone has a right to be safe when they use a bus or train.

Everyone has a right to use transport so they can enjoy life and do things like shop or go to school or meet friends.

There are things you can do to make sure you are safe as possible on a bus or train.

Here are some of our suggestions:

1. Plan ahead.

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Think about what you will do if someone bullies you.

Think about who you will tell and how you will respond.

2. Keep numbers with you.

Ibrihim-Texting-1_1024x1024Carry telephone numbers with you and use them. Keep helpful numbers in your telephone or in a diary.  For example, you can keep numbers for the police, your parents or carers or help lines.

Make sure your phone is always charged.

3. Report it.

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You can stop bullying from happening to you and you can stop it from happening to other people.

4. Remember, you have a right to feel safe.

Rights-Safe_1024x1024It’s not ok to bully anyone or hurt them. It’s against the law.

This poster reminds us not to tolerate bullying and hate crime. You can download the poster on the link below.

posterhttp://www.report-it.org.uk/files/disability_hate_crime_-_bus_poster.pdf

5. Build your confidence.

Alexis1_1024x1024It you need help using a bus or train ask your borough about Independent Travel programmes. These programmes can help you with things like timetables and tickets. Sometimes they can also help you work out ways to keep safe if you are walking or riding a bike.


5. Keep your confidence.

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If you are bullied – or you are scared of being bullied – then talk to someone about it.

You may feel like you are too scared to leave the house or catch a bus or train.

But it is important that you feel confident again so you can enjoy life and use transport to go about your daily life.