The ETBI.ie Summer newsletter has an article from IDK’s Caroline Carswell, describing how ‘ proactive role models with disability are needed across the EU as advisors to the government, the semi-state and private sectors. ’
Too often, parent instinct is to overprotect children with disability, meaning positive role models are needed as ‘ visible advocates, employers, trainers and mentors to the education, training and employment services. ‘
Lived Experience Counts
With lived experience of the issues, plus knowledge of digital tools for access, these role models are vital stakeholders in policy making and their experience should not be omitted when framework documents are drafted.