|Young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are being asked to share their views, ideas and experiences to help create packs full of information, advice, guidance and personal stories to support other young people with SEND as they move into adult life.
They are invited to take part in special online events – Bucks Young People’s Design Champions Online Forums. The first takes place later today, Tuesday 18 August, and more are being arranged for next week.
Young people with SEND will be asked to help the Council understand the information they need to access as they move through life, such as choosing school subjects, finding a college, getting work experience or a job, living independently and building healthy relationships. We also really want to hear what ideas young people have for ways we can work together to make different types of information, like online short films and audio clips.
Any young person with SEND can take part – and we would like as many people to join our events as possible. They are welcome to bring parents or carers to join them at these online sessions. Separate sessions are also being arranged for parents and carers to give their views and ideas on SEND information – details of these can be found below.
These can include subjects like employment and volunteering opportunities, internships and apprenticeships. They can also cover areas like housing for young people, living independently, and living active and fulfilled lives within their communities.
Tony Green, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Youth Provision, said: “It is vital that we offer the best information possible to young people with SEND, and that this information is clear, easy to access and fun and interesting to look at. To do that it is really important we hear the views and ideas of people with experiences of growing up in Buckinghamshire. We want them to tell us what is working well, what can be improved, and what ideas they may have for us to do things differently. This is the role of a Design Champion.
“We also really want to hear their stories and experiences – many of these will be tremendously inspirational to others and we’d love to share them if possible.”
All these online events are being run by Peopletoo, Buckinghamshire Council’s transformation partner.
The Bucks Young People’s Design Champions Online Forum will run today, at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 18 August, with more to follow next week:
The Bucks Parent Carer Design Champion Online Forums are running as follows:
To book a place, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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