Last week I had great fun! I was asked to present awards at the ?Get it Together' celebration event. Get it Together is all about young people from mainstream schools designing and planning activities that can be enjoyed by youth from both mainstream and specialist schools - together.
The teams had to do their market research to find out what young people from specialist schools want to do. They found out that young disabled people want to do pretty much the same things as non-disabled youngsters. Moreover, many quickly came to the conclusion that it is simply not fair that everyone does not have access to the same activities.
I found the whole event brilliant. I love working with young people - their boundary-less approach to life, their willingness to challenge everything and their freedom from orthodoxies which constrain adult thinking. A whole range of great ideas came up and winners were announced and congratulated - all of which is reported on our website elsewhere.
What excited and challenged me was, here, in these young teenagers from varying backgrounds, we had a group of people who wanted to make things fair, wanted to create a range of activities that people could select for themselves and everyone could participate in.
Maybe our short-hand of equality, choice and independence is too complicated, but if these young people can hold onto what they have learned as they become adults, perhaps the reality of achieving our mission comes one step closer.
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