Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM)
Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) is the campaign to get rights and justice for every disabled child.
EDCM is a consortium campaign run by four of the leading organisations working with disabled children and their families: Contact a Family, the Council for Disabled Children, Mencap and the Special Educational Consortium. Between them, the campaign partners represent over 770,000 disabled children and young people in the UK.
EDCM was established in September 2006 and continues to campaign to raise the political profile of disabled children and their families within central and local government.
Since its launch, EDCM has achieved real impact, with 30,000 individual supporters and 400 MPs signed up to the campaign. Together, we have been putting pressure on the government to put disabled children at the heart of their policy on families.
CCNUK is an active supporter of EDCM. Lend your support to the campaign, and find out more here.
Children with Disabilities Strategic Alliance (CDSA) Northern Ireland
Children with Disabilities Strategic Alliance (CDSA) brings together organisations across the Children's and Disability sectors. It is jointly chaired by Children in Northern Ireland (Ci-Ni) and Disability Action. The CDSA meets monthly and its main focus is to ensure that the policy impacting on the lives of children and young people with disabilities is informed by their needs and circumstances.
Current CDSA members include AFASIC, Arthritis Care, ASBAH, Autism NI, Child Brain Injury Trust, Cedar Foundation, Children in NI, Cildren's Law Centre, CLIC Sargent, Contact a Familiy, Disability Action, Family Fund, Mencap, National Deaf Children’s Society, NI Hospice, Positive Futures, RNIB, Senac, SENSE.
CDSA has just recently launched it's Manifesto which is supported and endorsed by CCNUK. See how you can get involved with CDSA here.
for Scotland’s Disabled Children (fSDC)
“From good intentions to better lives”. For Scotland’s Disabled Children (fSDC) is a campaign coalition of 40 Scottish disability organisations and parents and families with a disabled child. fSDC was established in 2007 to secure rights and justice for disabled children, young people and their families in Scotland.
The campaign has established a Liaison Project that seeks to address four key issues impacting on disabled children’s lives:
• improve the provision of, and access to, quality short breaks
• increase and improve provision for periods of transition, when young people move through different phases in their lives
• improve access to better quality, affordable and appropriate childcare provision
• review the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 to ensure that it meets the particular needs of disabled children and young people
As well as monitoring the impact of Scottish Government action on these issues, the Project will map and evaluate local service design and delivery, while engaging with parents and families, and disabled children and young people themselves, to establish their experiences in these key areas. The Project is funded by the Scottish Government.
The coalition itself will focus on campaigning on these and other issues that impact on the lives of disabled children and young people, and their families.
CCNUK is a member of the coalition and would urge to lend your support in any way you can by visiting their site
Disabled Children Matter Wales (DCMW)
The DCMW campaign is all about disabled children and young people coming together with their families and friends to make sure that the Welsh Assembly Government makes disabled children and young people a priority over the next three years, focusing on the following key asks
• the right information at the right time
• a real choice of quality education
• the health services they need to lead an ordinary life
• full access to play and leisure activities
• a real say in planning the services they receive
• full access to community facilities
• enough money to live on
The CCNUK Wales team closely follow the work of DCMW and would encourage you to do the same by visiting their site