Making young disabled voices heard

5 August 2016

Political decisions have a huge impact on the lives of young disabled people. But there are very few young disabled people in politics to represent their views.

So how do we make young disabled voices heard?

Can Do volunteers, residents from Leonard Cheshire Disability care homes and students from the National Star College at the National Assembly for Wales

National Assembly for Wales

A group of disabled students took up the challenge on 14 July, spending an afternoon speaking with politicians about the issues that matter to them at the National Assembly for Wales.

The students were:

The National Assembly for Wales is a parliament made up of 60 politicians, elected by the people of Wales to represent them and make laws for Wales.

Meeting Dr Dai Lloyd AM

During their visit the students met with Dr Dai Lloyd AM, influential chair of the assembly’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee.

Dai’s committee considers proposed new laws for Wales, receives petitions, and scrutinises Welsh government policies and spending decisions.

‘I enjoyed going to the National Assembly for Wales and listening to the many different questions and answers that were raised.’— Sarah Nicholson, a resident from Danybryn

The students suggested a wide range of issues Dai’s committee could look into — including a wheelchair review, funding for social care and disabled parking badges.

Following their meeting with Dai, the students also had a tour around the Senedd, and a further meeting with Sarah Beasley, clerk to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee.

Final thoughts

After the visit the students expressed their enthusiasm to return and have further discussions with the assembly’s politicians about the issues that particularly affect them as disabled students.

‘It was a lovely day out and it was wonderful to spend time with other wheelchair users and to know our voices are being heard.’— Laura Smith, Danybryn resident

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