24 Feb 2014

A group of disabled young people has produced a ground-breaking video on relationships and sex education with The Children’s Society so that disabled youth can be properly informed. It is being released on Monday, 24 February. 

The group, comprising ten young people in their 20s, made My Choices as part of The Children’s Society’s Disabled Advocacy Programme. 

The film features interviews with young people with a range of disabilities and with experts. Mile End Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust, supported the group by providing locations for filming and helping to put together leaflets that accompany the film. 

“We want the video to help disabled young people and help them to learn to look after themselves and be safe,” Juanita, 28 years old, one of the young video-makers, said.

“Every young person needs access to effective relationship and sex education. Too often disabled young people are being left out of being able to get the advice they need – this DVD will change that,” Caroline Baker, project worker for The Children’s Society’s Disabled Advocacy Programme. 

Five of the young video-makers will be at The Children’s Society’s London office for the launch. 

The Children’s Society’s Disability Advocacy Programme was established in 2000 and works with local authorities supporting disabled children and young people who have complex communication needs and impairments. 

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