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Our life, our say: a good practice guide to young disabled people's peer mentoring/support

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This report is a good-practice guide based on an evaluation of an action research project that was designed to support young disabled people making the transition towards adulthood and inclusive living. It draws on the experience of the Young Disabled People's Peer Mentoring Project based within Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP). The guide is based on the views and experiences of young disabled people, their friends, families, and the professionals, organisations and services who support them in making the transition to adulthood. The guide aims to: give advice to young disabled people and others on how to start their own project; highlight the benefits of self-organisation for youth groups; look at the kind of values and practical resources necessary to make sure the groups succeed ; help support workers and organisations let go of control and involve young disabled people at every level of organisations; and show workers and organisations how to facilitate young disabled people's self-directed groups. With a range of practical suggestions and tips, the guide also highlights: the barriers that young disabled people face; what should be done to address those barriers; the right approach to setting up similar projects; who needs to be involved in making a project genuinely inclusive; and the practical aspects of setting up a project - transport, venue, administration, and accessibility of information.

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