Vicky Nolan, Halesowen College, Dudley

7th October 2005 at 01:00
Making play and leisure services accessible to everyone is the passion of Vicky Nolan, one of the 12-strong team of young people with learning disabilities in the new organisation, Me2, which is making service providers across the UK take notice.

Me2, and its unique seal of approval scheme, was established two years ago with the help of Dudley children's services and the charity Mencap. The team visits organisations to tell them about inclusion and to audit services for accessibility to everyone, including people with physical and learning disabilities.

Recently the team asked England's Children's Commissioner, Al Aynsley-Green, some important questions. Vicky, 17, who has cerebral palsy and is in her second year at Halesowen college in Dudley studying AVC health and social care and A-level psychology, said: "We asked him questions like why aren't all places accessible to everyone? What are you going to do to help us? He said it came down to funding, but with the help of panels and groups like Me2 attitudes would have to change."

Interviews by Karen Gold

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