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Welcome to the EPIC group website, EPIC stands for Equality, Participation, Influencing, Change. EPIC are a group of 16 disabled young people from across the country who are supported by the Council for Disabled Children to advise the Department for Education on changes to the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) system as part of the Children and Families Bill.

The changes to the SEND system will have a big impact on disabled children and young people and it is really important that their voices are listened to as part of this process.

Over 150 disabled young people applied to be members of the EPIC group and 32 were invited to attend an open day at the Department for Education in October. After this open day a final 16 young people were chosen to be EPIC members. The EPIC members are all passionate about the rights of disabled children and young people and have a wide range of experiences and views.

EPIC have regular meetings to talk about the issues and changes for disabled children and young people in the Children's and Families Bill. They want to hear from other groups of disabled children and young people about the SEND reforms too.

If you are a young disabled person who wants to have their say on these issues, or you work with disabled children and young people who do, then get in touch with us to find out how you can be involved.

You can also tell us what you think by using the EPIC Facebook page to post questions and comments.