Late last year, I experienced the great pleasure of spending the day with an inspirational group of young people – The Equal Lives Youth Forum. Together, we created photographs to hang on a thought provoking tree in Norwich’s Millennium Library to celebrate Disability History Month. The reverse of each picture featured a poem written by the young person depicted, the theme was ‘see me as I see myself’. Later I’ll share some photographs captured on the day, but for now, let members of the Youth Forum tell you about themselves through their poetry.
A little about Equal Lives
Formerly the Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People, Equal Lives is led by those facing disabling barriers and is dedicated to making their voices heard, as a group they provide support to people, enabling empowerment and the ability to live independently: ‘Our aim is to give you the support you need to live your own life and to remove disabling barriers. We are very involved in campaigning on issues that affect you to try and influence policy decisions. We’re also here to provide support and information for the day to day tasks of living. Whether you need to employ a personal assistant, find out what benefits you’re able to receive or you need help or advice for caring for an elderly friend or relative we are here to help’.
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