Kidz Aware

Gillian Archbold is a disabled parent of a disabled daughter, Sabrina. Gillian was already running general disability equality awareness training when she and Sabrina decided to set up the Kidz Aware programme in schools, which Gillian explains here.

We set up the Kidz Aware programme in response to concerns of disabled parents and parents of disabled children over the lack of disability awareness in their children's schools. In some cases, this resulted in bullying and also meant that school staff did not always think through disability access for parents.

It became clear that there was a major gap in the education system in educating young people about disability awareness. The Kidz Aware programme can help schools develop and implement their Disability Equality Schemes in line with the requirements.

We deliver a range of activities that are designed to engage and involve children aged from two to 18 years. We use multi-racial, child-size puppets that portray people with and without disabilities. These puppets have proved to be a comfortable medium through which to teach children about disability equality awareness and preventing bullying. Opportunities exist throughout the programme for the children to interact with the puppets through dialogue and role play.

To ensure the programme's impact can be continued after our visit, there is also a range of educational resources for teachers and group leaders to use, either in the classroom or through play and group activities.

We also offer training to service providers, and develop training and information manuals on disability equality awareness.

If you would like to know more about how Kidz Aware can help you through our advice, programmes or training, please telephone 01924 385977 or visit www.kidzaware.co.uk to meet the puppets!

As the Disability Rights Commission Chairman, Bert Massie, says, "Schools are uniquely placed to help challenge and overcome discrimination in society. Please seize this opportunity."

Gillian Archbold, Kidz Aware

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