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Trailblazers campaign network moves over to Whizz-Kidz

Muscular Dystrophy UK’s 800-strong Trailblazers network has a new home from today at Whizz-Kidz.

Whizz-Kidz Team
Whizz-Kidz Team

Trailblazers – which was formed in 2007 – is a campaign group for young disabled people
that aims to challenge the barriers in society that stop disabled people from living full and
independent lives.

The group will continue to operate as usual, but through Whizz-Kidz with exciting plans
for the future.

What has Trailblazers achieved?

The Trailblazers network has achieved so much since it was founded by Muscular Dystrophy
UK in 2007.

The network has grown both in number and ambition. Initially established as a campaigning
group, it is now also a source of peer support, and empowers young disabled people to
understand and exercise their rights.

Since it started, Trailblazers has launched more than 20 campaigns on topics ranging from
hate crime, to gaming, to going to university.

Some highlights include:
• Persuading EasyJet to remove restrictions on wheelchairs
• Working closely with Microsoft on the launch of an adaptive games controller
• Pushing Twitter to update its reporting feature to include disability hate speech for the first time
• Successfully campaigning to make it illegal for taxis to charge disabled passengers more

What do MDUK and Whizz-Kidz think?

At the start of the year, Muscular Dystrophy UK had exciting plans for Trailblazers’ further development. But the impact of Covid-19 meant that the charity felt they could not sustain that ambition. Whizz-Kidz then stepped in to become the new home for the campaigning network and are looking to build on previous success.

Rob Burley, Director of Campaigns, Care and Support at Muscular Dystrophy UK,

“We are so proud of everything that Trailblazers has achieved. While the network will no
longer sit within the charity, we will continue to provide support to members with a musclewasting condition through the services we offer. And we remain committed to campaigning on important issues such as Changing Places toilets, access to treatments, and ensuring neuromuscular services are properly resourced.

“We are delighted that a pan-disability charity has become the new home for the network as
this means it can continue on its exciting journey of growth and development.”

Joanna Fashan, Associate Director of Young People’s Services at Whizz-Kidz says:

“We are very excited to be involved in the latest chapter of Trailblazers. We're looking forward to working with their members to campaign for change for young disabled people all over the UK.
“We want to thank everyone at Muscular Dystrophy UK and all the young people involved for all their hard work. We hope to build on the amazing achievements the group have made over the years and go from strength to strength."