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.
If 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.
One of our group members, Georgina, wants to work in film, television and theatre when she leaves school. Georgina has already started writing short pieces for performance. Her material makes people laugh and think. Here, Georgina writes about her disability. She performed this work at school.
The disability I have is cerebral palsy. This disability affects my speech, the way I walk and my physical appearance. Also, I fall over because I have poor balance. My disability has good points and bad points. Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Well I’ll give you the good news. I get the best seats at concerts. When I go to theme parks, I get to go to the font of the queue. Do you? Another advantage is my mum can park her car anywhere she likes. Can yours? Well, these are some of the perks of having a disability. But it’s not all good. Now for the bad news. Some people treat me differently and don’t think I’m as clever as they are. But who has more medals. You or me? I have medals as I represented the borough and came away with gold, silver and bronze. No bad for someone with cerebral palsy! Just because I walk differently and talk in a different way doesn’t make me a different person. I have feelings just like you. We are all the same, human beings. Just because I am disabled doesn’t mean you should treat me like a 5 year old. I am 13 years of age and I like music and drama and all the things girls of my age like – particularly One Direction. But Harry is mine so keep off. How would you feel if one day no one could understand what you were saying or you lost the use of your right hand? Welcome to my world. All I am saying is treat people with disabilities with the same respect as you would like to be treated. Love and peace. Georgina. If you’d like to more more about cerebral palsy then you can visit this website: http://www.cerebralpalsy.org.uk
Skype is a helpful tool for young people. Skype connects friends and family. Skype helps people share ideas, study and learn. But there are drawbacks as well. Broadband is expensive for people on a low income and many young people are very worried about bullying and cyber-safety.
In this post, the inclusive group AbPhab gives Skype a road test.
By Shannon, Hayley, Andre, Shane, Kim, Julia and Stephen.
This evening we talked about Skype.
Skype allows you to talk to and see another person in a different place – they may be in another room, house, borough or country.
2. Researching Skype in our group
Only two people in our group had used Skype.
Some of us had heard about Skype but didn’t know how it worked or how it could be used.
Most young people did not feel confident about using Skype and they felt worried about their online safety.
3. Using Skype
Our group practised using Skype.
We spoke to Mandie who lives in the Borough of Hackney. We were in Dagenham. We had lots of fun getting to know her. We asked her about her pets and her job. We all had a laugh.
Afterwards we talked about Skype and its usefulness for people with disabilities.
4. Is Skype useful?
There are lots of good things about Skype.
Skype helps people stay in touch with friends and family.
It’s fun to see and hear people and watch their body language.
There are some parts of Skype that worried us.
Some people felt nervous about a bad person or a stranger contacting them.
Some people felt scared of bullies hurting them or finding out about about their personal details.
It’s difficult to work out which contacts or people are safe and trustworthy.
Skype is free to use but you need a computer, smart phone or tablet and Internet connection for it to work. Many people with a disability live on very low incomes and they can’t afford this.
We gave it a thumbs up.
We had a fun night road testing Skype.
We want to look more at Skype and video conferencing tools but we want to keep safe as well. Safety is a BIG concern for our group.
We recommend that people explore Skype to see if it is helpful to them. It may be very helpful for people who feel lonely.
In 2012, Mencap published a report called “Stuck at home: the impact of day service cuts on people with a learning disability” This report said that many young people with a learning disability spent a lot of time at home because of government cut backs. They may feel lonely and isolated.
Skype may be a useful tool for young people so they can stay connected with friends and family. BUT users of Skype must know about safe behaviour and what to do if things go wrong as well.
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