Celebrating International Youth Day 2017

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August 12th 2017 marks this year’s International Youth Day, dedicated to celebrating young people as agents of change and their contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace.

To mark this special occasion, Whizz-Kidz would like to recognise the wonderful contribution that each member of the Whizz-Kidz ‘Kidz Board’ provide to working towards an inclusive environment for many disabled children and young people up and down the UK.

Their tireless work, bringing attention to various issues, from accessibility and transport to employment and education, is instrumental in bringing about change within our society and promoting inclusivity for disabled children and young people today.

One such young person is Josh Rosenthal, 20, from Llanelli, who sits on the Whizz-Kidz Kidz Board as the representative for young wheelchair users across Wales and also sits on the advisory panel for the Children’s Commissioner for Wales. Josh regularly campaigns on behalf of disabled children and young people, aiming to influence decision making at the highest level, by targeting MP’s and government ministers on crucial issues within disability, including giving evidence to the Senedd – National Assembly for Wales - on what transport is actually like for young wheelchair users.

Josh commented: “One of the key themes of this year’s International Youth Day is inclusion, with a wider aim of engaging young people to create change and foster an inclusive environment across the world. This is an important day when we can focus our attention on the world’s youth and how well we are supported to reach our full potential within a society that works for all of us.

“At a time when many young disabled people across the UK aren’t feeling listened to or included within society, I am proud to be advocating for disability rights and do what I can to ensure that they have the right support and opportunities.

“I hear from disabled children and young people every day, who are facing various challenges that are preventing them from achieving their full potential. If we work together to influence change across all levels of society, we can transform the lives of many young wheelchair users who are feeling marginalised and without hope.”

A huge thank you goes to each member of the Kidz Board, who represent disabled children and young people from each region of the UK. You can meet them all here.

Whizz-Kidz has transformed the lives of over 20,000 disabled children and young people since 1990 – often, literally overnight. It supports 2-25 year-olds by providing the vital mobility equipment, support and life skills they need, to help them achieve their goals. 

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