Whilst training professionals is important, it is the people who
use the services who remain the same. They have the greatest stake
in investing time and energy to ensure that things will change for
the better. They have direct access to all the MP's,
councillors and officials who make the policies that shape systems.
We now have graduates from these courses in many areas across
England; confident, competent people who are in this work for the
Disabled children, disabled adults and their families are
frequently subject to high levels of stress and frustration, often
due to lack of information, changing policies, practices and a
moving population of people who support them. They are at risk of
social isolation and social exclusion.
One of the best ways of reversing these negative experiences is
to give up-to-date leading edge information, give the families the
strategies, confidence and tools to work in partnership with
service providers. The course enables and encourages participants
to become actively engaged in the development of policy affecting
disabled people both at local and national level. People who come
on the course join a national network of disabled people and their
families who can share good ideas and give support.
Our focus on developing community-based leadership has meant
that we have a network of disabled people, family carers and
service providers working together. At present this is only
happening in some parts of the country, we want to make
sure that anyone wanting to access courses can do.
Since 1996 we have run courses locally and nationally. Course
graduates now number over 2000.