On Thursday 10th November the CDC Young Ambassadors had the
grand premiere of their film Young Disabled and In
A select audience of disabled young people, their families, and
voluntary organisations attended the premiere that was held at
Channel 4 Studios in London. Attendees included Lisa White
from the Office of the Children's Commissioner, Rachel Perkins,
Chair of Equality 2025, and Miro Griffiths, Deputy Chair of
James Reid, CDC Young Ambassador, chaired the event and
explained the key messages of the film including promoting
inclusion and ensuring disabled young people are respected and
As CDC Young Ambassador Ollie explained;
"[This film] is about making sure our voices are heard by the
people we work with and our wider community. It is important
that our opinions are taken into account"
The screening was followed by a question and answer session
between the audience and young people. One of the key
questions the audience had was about what the Young Ambassadors
would like to see done with their film.
CDC Young Ambassador Paul stated that it was important to share
the message of the film with a wider group of people.
"Show the film to others. It is important that we change the way
"Films can open people's eyes and make them [see things]
differently.... [We also think] it will give confidence to other
disabled people who don't have confidence."
The Young Ambassadors also encouraged the audience to ask their
friends, family and colleagues to sign their online promise about
what they will do after watching the film to challenge the
stereotypes surrounding disability.
"People need say what they will do to take action to support
this film," explained Young Ambassador Kirsty.
The Young Ambassadors will also be showing their film to MPs and
Ministers at a roundtable event in Parliament in December.
About the film
The film focuses on challenging
stereotypes and perceptions of disability and showing
the positive effect for all if disabled young people are involved
in decisions about their lives. It can be viewed atwww.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/youngdisabledincontrol
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