Council gives voice to disabled youth

17th October 1997 at 01:00
Children with disabilities are being invited to have their say in plans to improve their life at school. They are being asked to form a new city council committee in Leeds which is expected to have its own budget.

The committee of young people will advise on and help develop policy to meet the special needs of disabled children. It is believed to be the first council committee of its kind. "Most councils have committees to represent the needs of the disabled community, but to my knowledge, none of those take the very specific needs of disabled children and young people into account," said Brian Dale, chair of Leeds Council's disabled people's equality committee.

"There are hundreds of disabled youngsters in Leeds and I think it's time we gave them a voice. Rather than them coming to us for help and advice we are asking young people with disablities what they would like us to do for them.

"I feel this kind of political representation is long overdue and is a significant step forward for Leeds."

Mr Dale said he wanted the new committee to represent the needs of all disabled young people, including those whose disability is not obvious to the naked eye.

"To most people, the word disabled conjures up images of a wheelchair or white stick. However, disabilities can be much more subtle and I hope this committee will represent all young people with special needs, whether they have a physical disability, learning difficulties or need regular medical treatment such as kidney dialysis."

The new Leeds Disabled Young People's Advisory Committee is not restricted to schoolchildren - Mr Dale wants to hear from other young people who are interested.

was welcomed by the city's education chair, Sarah Perrigo, who said they wanted to provie the best possible standard of education for all children. This new move, whe said, would play a very valuable role in achieving that goal.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now