Young Disabled People's Workshop at European Academy of Childhood Disability 2013

Supported by The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Newcastle University and the ESRC, the European Academy of Childhood Disability 2013 will deliver a Young Disabled People’s Workshop – Being Active, Staying Healthy on
Saturday 12 October 2013.

The 25th European Academy of Childhood Disability three day conference will be hosted at The Sage in Newcastle-Gateshead from 10-12 October 2013. The EACD conference is the largest annual paediatric neurodisability conference in Europe, and was last held in the UK in 2003.

Who is it for?

 The workshop is for young disabled people to come together to talk about all kinds of things about sport. It has been put together with the help and input of young disabled people who have helped us come up with the topics and approach of the workshop. So if you are a young person who is interested in sport and wants to discuss- what sport means to you, what you get out of participating in it, what you think about the recent Paralympics, what challenges you might face getting involved in sport– then this is a great opportunity for you. Come along, discuss your ideas with others and share them with people who are influential in making things happen.

If you are a young disabled person who has an interest in sport, health and fitness they would love you to come along.

What’s the workshop about?

 The workshop will do the following

  • Provide a forum for reflection on what health and fitness means to you and your family
  • Provide an opportunity for you to access information about sports and leisure opportunities
  • Provide an opportunity for you and your family to meet with disabled role models
  • Provide an opportunity for healthcare professionals and other stakeholders to listen to and learn from you.

What will it involve?

  • The workshop will be facilitated by young disabled people and other people involved in sport – including paralympians, representatives from local government, sports coaches, the English Federation of Disability Sport, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • We will screen a film made by young disabled people in the northeast, which will provide insight into their sporting activity, their interests and their views.
  • The focus will be very much on discussion and sharing of ideas, views and experiences.
  • The workshop will be filmed by a local award-winning film-maker and an edited version will be made available on-line.
  • We will also produce a report with young disabled people to make sure your views are made available to places such as schools, sports centres, policy makers and others.

Want to find out more?

How do I register?

Flyer and registration form

Is there help in making it possible for me to attend?

Can I have an accompanying adult with me?

Who will be there?

What will the activities be?

Where will it be?


For more information about the workshop, please contact:

Jacqui Rodgers

Janice McLaughlin