Seal of approval launched by disability awareness charity

Press release – April 2012

True engagement and participation will be the key for organisations to qualify for a new disability awareness accreditation launched today by York People First.

The ’York People First AAA award’ has been created to promote equal opportunities and to challenge perceptions of what people with learning disabilities can and can’t do. To qualify for the new accreditation, organisations must engage in awareness training which will highlight the progress that has been made to date, show some of the barriers that people with learning disabilities still face, and share their hopes for the future.

Becca Cooper, chairperson of York People First said: “Disability awareness has come a long way yet we still face many barriers every single day. There is a huge need for everyone to understand what it really means to have a learning difficulty. We are all very excited about the new accreditation and how we can use it to spread a positive message.”

“This is no token gesture. To qualify for the York People First AAA award participants will need to show real engagement and willingness to learn. Get ready to have your perceptions challenged, to debate, to be provoked and hopefully to leave at the end of the day feeling inspired,” explained Shaun Lavery who is part of the York People First training team.  

3L Care in Cheshire has already made a bid for the accreditation by booking the charity’s first awareness training session on 8 May. The centre provides high quality nursing and social care for children and adults with complex health care needs and learning disabilities.

Marcus Tarrant, director of 3L Care said it was an opportunity to raise the bar for his staff and the local community:“When we heard about this new accreditation we jumped at the chance to earn it. The opportunity to learn from such an inspirational group of people is one that is not to be missed.”

York People First helps people with learning difficulties to speak up for themselves. The charity also educates the community about the rights, abilities and strengths of the people it represents through an extensive awareness training programme for students, community members and businesses. 

An on-site training session to qualify for the accreditation costs £800 which goes towards running the charity.

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