In Denmark, people with learning disability in 1991-93 established their own national self-organisation, 'ULF' ('Udviklingshæmmedes Lands Forbund': National Organisation of People with Learning Disability). Having been actively involved in earlier movements, I was asked to be a supporter in this process, and ever since we have kept contact, and now and then I solve different tasks for the ULF: Producing political analyses of possibility-structures and new possible policies of the movement, giving lectures at courses for members and leadership, and acting as an external consultant in various projects of the ULF.
In 2007 ULF got a grant from the Danish governmental Department of Welfare to develop 'a tool for dialogue on human rights, aimed at young people with (learning) disability'. And I, once more, became the external consultant. The official name of this project is "Who decides the future?".
The 'dialogue-tool' is now in production, and I hope I shall be able to show some of the early versions that should be ready for testing early this summer.
The tool is made as a webside-format, to enable interactive use. Entering the website, you can select a theme - e.g.'Who decides in school?', 'Who decides your future?', 'Who decides your leisure time?' etc. (We shall for the early versions produce three or four themes, and have them tested at three schools for young people with disabilities.)
Having chosen a theme, you enter the 'main-window' - The difficult world of Viggo and his friends - and two side-windows, that you can open as you wish: a factual-box and a political box.
In the main-window you will see and hear a sound + comic strip with an episode from the difficult world. There are three main characters, all aged 14-17:
Now in every episode they are challenged by something one of them have experienced, or heard some one else experience: but is that right? Couldn't we do something? We must have some kind of rights, even people like us? Can they really do that to us?
And since they do not always find solutions - and even if so, they still doubt them - you are invited to take part. How would you find a way through such?
And this is where you may need - and get – more information:
If plans are fulfilled, I shall be able to show the first productions in July - and hopefully with a British translation.
If you woud like to get in touch with the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group, please contact:
Chair of the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group
School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
The Open University
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