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Disability

The term ‘disabled children and young people’ describes those who experience discrimination on the grounds of their impairment and/or medical condition. Discriminatory practices such as negative attitudes, inaccessible environments and institutional systems can make it difficult and sometimes impossible for disabled children and young people to experience the same opportunities as non disabled children.

Children in Wales works to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and young people, and to ensure that their rights and needs are met.  Children in Wales supports the social model of disability.  This means that we consider disabled people to be disabled by society because of the way society is organised.  This contrasts to the medical model of disability which considers people to be disabled by their impairments. Services whose work focuses on the medical model focus on what children and young people are not able to do. It is vital that we continue to fight for services to be delivered from the social model perspective, focusing on participation, achievement and ability to focus on what a child can do rather than on what they can’t do.

Children in Wales has been carrying out specific work looking at the needs of disabled children and young people since 1999.  Our current work in this area includes:

  • Policy development and campaigning work across the age range
  • Co-ordinating the Disabled Children Policy Group
  • Work with professionals to highlight and share good practice
  • Co-ordination of Together 4 Rights, a network of young disabled people
  • Supporting the Development of Early Support in Wales for children under 5
  • Delivering a series of training courses relating to disability issues
  • Organising disability information events on a range of disability specific topics

For more information about any of these issues please contact: Catherine Lewis, Development Officer (Disabled Children), tel: 029 20342434, e-mail: catherine.lewis@childreninwales.org.uk.

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