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How a new campaign hopes to change things for the better

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Shine has added its weight to a campaign to change the lives of young people affected by disability.

Shine, which supports people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, joined the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) in a bid to improve health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families.

The DCP has launched a new campaign to ensure equality of access to the opportunities that most of us take for granted. By highlighting the daily reality for many families affected by disability, through their lived experiences and words, the ‘Secret Life of Us’ aims to raise awareness of the lack of access that still exists in our society for many disabled people.

According to the DCP, 43% of the British public do not know anyone with a disability, and there is a severe lack of health and social care funding for disabled children, young people and their families.

More than 35 disability and children’s charities are working together in this initiative.

Shine will be represented by Simon Hewett-Avison, Director of Services in England, who commented:

Shine is delighted to be part of this partnership. We support many young people and families affected by disability, who face so many challenges. The DCP campaign aims to help us all appreciate the barriers that young people face so that together we can change things for the better, both practically and in our attitudes.”

To get involved in the campaign see and catch developments on social media @DCPcampaign  #SecretLifeofUs

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