Often feeling misunderstood by older members of their community, Amber Sims and her team from Somerset want to improve relations between adults and young people.
The Fixers, who are members of the Peasedown Youth Hub, feel they’ve experienced discrimination due to their age and because they have learning difficulties.
‘Our project is about providing training for adults that deal with both disabled and non-disabled young people,’ says 20-year-old lead Fixer Amber.
‘We want them to be friendlier towards us.’
With Fixers, they’ve created a short presentation to be delivered to those in positions of responsibility and authority, including councillors, bus drivers and police officers.
It includes an interactive quiz to get participants to consider their attitudes towards young people, while encouraging them to think back to when they were eighteen.
Those taking part will be asked how far they agree or disagree with statements including ‘young people are aggressive’ and ‘young people with learning difficulties are stupid’.
Fixers films 'Dyspraxia', 'sociABLE' and 'What is Autism?' will also be shown.
See the presentation below.
The group held their first training session at the Peasedown Youth Hub in March.
Twenty-five adults attended and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
‘It was amazing to see how organised and dedicated the group were and how well they communicated,’ explained one local teacher.
A councillor that participated said: ‘The group have obviously thought hard about what to put in their training package.
‘It has made me aware that society does not always support young people with learning difficulties.There is a lot that needs to be done in the workplace to make jobs more accessible to them.’
Following the launch of their training sessions, the Fixers have been asked to consider giving their presentation in schools and colleges.
‘I thought the session went well,’ Amber says.
‘I hope it helped the adults that came along to understand more about those with and without disabilities.
‘It would be great if our project could help other young people.’
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