To celebrate 10 years of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the 60th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights this campaign is to increase the voices and visibility of disabled children and young people’s rights inclusion and participation in areas which matter to them #IncludeMeTOO
The video campaign will bring together disabled children and young people across the globe and all video films will be complied into a film to be shared on a global platform later this year!
Entry to #IncludeMeTOO campaign is free entrants ages upto the age of 29 years. Each film to be no longer than 90 seconds to provide the following statement by first introducing their name, age, nature of disability or impairments and country they represent.
What are your dreams and aspirations?
What is your biggest challenge and barrier to your rights, inclusion or participation which you would wish to see removed?
Remember to hold up a sign with the hashtag #IncludeMeTOO when you say this final statement.
“It is a huge honour to join Include Me TOO as an Ambassador and work together with them on the core goals that the Women’s Equality Party also holds so important: diversity, inclusion and equality. I understand keenly the importance of the work that this wonderful charity does and am committed to helping Parmi and her team break down barriers so that families from all backgrounds and communities can have the support they need.”
Sophie Walker is the leader of the Women’s Equality Party, Britain’s newest political party that aims to unite people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs and experiences in the shared determination to see women enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men so that all can flourish. She worked for 20 years as an international journalist and has also written a book about raising her daughter Grace who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Sophie is also an Ambassador for the National Autistic Society and a patron of Ambitious about Autism’s Treehouse school.
A national conference organised by Include Me TOO and supported by NHS England and partners Bringing Us Together and Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
Right care, Right place, Right skills
Meeting Individual Needs
Building the Right Support
Choice and Control
Advocacy and Information
Transforming Care Partnerships
Rights, Respect and Dignity
Person Centered Planning
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
“People with learning disabilities and/or autism and their families have an array of rights in law or Government policy – through human rights law, the Equalities Act, the NHS constitution, the Mental Health Act, the Care Act, the Mental Capacity Act, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and so on… [but] the lived experience of people with learning disabilities and/or autism and their families is too often very different. Too often they feel powerless, their rights unclear, misunderstood or ignored’. – Sir Stephen Bubb
Date: Tuesday 28th March 2017 Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm Venue: Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton West Midlands WV1 4QR
Links are provided below to download the booking form and the programme.
The Conference will increase understanding and awareness of the Transforming Care agenda to disabled young people, parents/carers from diverse communities and stakeholders.
During this event delegates will engage in discussions and workshops regarding Transforming Care, Building the Right Support improving services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition.
Speakers will cover areas of how we can support and deliver the Transforming Care agenda, ensuring disabled persons and families can have their say in how they wish to be involved in their local Transforming Care plans.
The conference will also be highlighting the importance of the implementation of equality and rights approach to meet individual needs supporting rights and dignity.
Strengthening The Participation and Inclusion of Disabled Young People Internationally.
Include Me TOO, a national (United Kingdom-based) charity, joined hands with the Commonwealth Youth Council, an international youth-led NGO, to advance mutual objectives.
Include Me TOO an award winning charity has led on disabled children and young people, and their families, from a diverse range of backgrounds participation and inclusion for over a decade, with innovative and creative approaches. The charity is committed in promoting and supporting social justice, equality, inclusion and the rights of disabled children and young people.
The Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), as mandated by the Commonwealth Heads of Government as the official voice of the 1.2+ billion young people of the Commonwealth, have embarked on an 18-month campaign to promote the interests of youth with disabilities. Their priority areas are empowerment of young people with disabilities, both economically and as community leaders; recognition of the work of young PWDs; data collection about young PWDs. The CYC is supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat that recently launched the Global Youth Development Index and a clear call was made for age-disaggregated data. The CYC is going further to make a call for age, gender and disability disaggregated data so that no one feels invisible to evidence-based policy. Overall, the campaign seeks to change perceptions.
Both organisations are coming together to strengthen the participation, inclusion and rights of disabled young people internationally with Commonwealth member states. The partnership’s project titled ‘Commonwealth Include Me 2’ will also be promoting disability awareness and understanding aiming to increase the positive attitudes and acceptance as well as developing a platform for diverse representation of disabled role models. Another key areas of the project is increasing the involvement of disabled young people in the planning and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) 2030’s agenda.
Over the next year there are a host of activities to expect from this partnership supporting this year’s Commonwealth theme, a ‘peace-building’ Commonwealth, Include Me TOO and Commonwealth Youth Council will be hosting
Two Twitter chats on the 14th and 17th March 2017 at 1PM GMT (Commonwealth week) to discuss ‘Ending violence and abuse against women and girls with disabilities’ and ‘Disability inclusion, rights, participation what matters’.
A Roundtable discussion where are we currently in supporting disabled children and young people’s rights in the Commonwealth.
Video campaign gathering stories of disabled young people globally their aspirations and goals.
‘ To be part of Include Me TOO is a great honour. This charity is highlighting diversity not just in UK but globally. I am looking forward to supporting the charity’s message of disability inclusion, diversity and equality. As my company House of Ikons also celebrates and promotes diversity both will bring awareness to the forefront, breaking down prejudices and provide a platform to change attitudes and increase disability role models’.
Savita Kaye the founder of House of iKons and Lady K Production team have bought international designers to the forefront. Giving a platform to designers around the world to media, press, buyers, high profiled clients, joining forces with Fashion One TV during London Fashio Week in 2013, giving global coverage to designers to 100million viewers world wide in over 120 countries.
House of iKons in its first three years has become a global successful company, hosting shows in Los Angeles, Beijing, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Savita vision grows from strength to strength with international designers as far as China and LA and British designers gracing the catwalks of House of Ikons shows.
Designers have been signed to departments stores, boutiques, wardrobe for music videos and working with major celebrities such as JLo, Katy Perry, Lady Ga Ga, Paris Hilton, Brtiney Spears, Tyra Banks to name but a few.
Include Me TOO are delighted to have Savita Kaye’s support as one of our charity Ambassadors and look forward to strengthening the representation and inclusion of disabled persons through creative innovative approaches and increasing positive attitudes regarding disabilities.
Include Me TOO are proud to announce that Pinky Lilani CBE DL has become our latest ambassador to support Include Me TOO joining AJ Joshi, Apache Indian and Chris Holmes MBE.
“I am honoured to support the fantastic charity Include Me TOO and to be involved in their work, and I know that with the charity’s drive and energy, it will go far and spread a lot of happiness.”
Pinky Lilani CBE DL is a food guru, author, motivational speaker and internationally acclaimed champion for women. She is the force behind the annual Women of the Future Awards, the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, The Ambassadors programme, The Inspirational Women’s Network, The Women of the Future Summit and the Global Empowerment Award. She is an associate fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford and Patron of DIL, The Westminster Society and Frank Water. She is an Ambassador for the Tiffany circle of the Red Cross and on the Board of Trustees of the Royal Commonwealth Society. She is a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London.
Charities come together to provide global platform for disabled young people to be leaders of the future and changemakers.
This year marked the 10th Anniversary on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Include Me TOO’s CEO Parmi Dheensa attended the United Nation Headquarters in Geneva during October contributing towards the review of the convention and progress made in implementing the rights and inclusion of disabled persons. A key concern was how to increase opportunities for disabled persons to impact and influence change including the 2030’s agenda.
During September 2015 the 2030’s agenda was launched and 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and along with many disabled people’s organisations Include Me TOO have highlighted it is key the aspirations and contribution of disabled young people are included to ensure no one is left behind.
World Merit organised Merit360, a program of individuals aged 18 – 35 years to increase their skills as leaders and influencers developing a strategy of action to support reaching the SDGs and presenting these to the United Nations as well as implementation in communities around the world.
Include Me TOO’s vision is a disability friendly, inclusive safe society for all and SDGs can support this to become a reality particularly if disabled persons views and contributions are taken into account.
Include Me TOO are delighted to announce we are joining World Merit’s Merit360 as their official partner and during 2017 will be working in partnership to pilot a program of participation with a group of disabled young people from 4 countries to join like-minded peers in New York to develop an Action Plan to tackle the SDGs and present at United Nations.
“As an organisation World Merit prides itself in being Radically Inclusive. Our global network of over 120,000 changemakers is extremely diverse and is made up with people from all different walks of life. We are extremely proud of having Include Me TOO as an official Merit360 partner to make sure that no one of merit is left behind. Together we will reach out fullest height.”
said Marlou Hermson (World Merit – General Manager)
“As we make the 10th Anniversary of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we also celebrate it has been 10 years since we developed the Include Me TOO Charter of Rights for Disabled Children and Young People with them and for them. The standards are still relevant today reflecting the CRPD and the 17 sustainable development goals.
Disabled young people’s voices, aspirations and participation have continued to be central in all our work and we are delighted to be an Merit360 official partner working in collaboration to increase the global participation and representation of disabled young people’s contribution to SDGs ensuring disability inclusion and strengthening their voice.”
Parmi Dheensa said (Include Me TOO Founder and Executive Director)
Protecting and promoting safeguarding and inclusion of disabled children and young people in faith-based and community settings
Include Me TOO have organised this conference in partnership with Strengthening Faiths Institution of with the support from several leading organisations in this field, NSPCC, Faith Forum London, Barnardo’s FGM Centre, Respond, SCWA (Stop Child Witch Accusation), Forced Marriages Unit and (NWG) National Working Group tackling child sexual exploitation and Jeena.
Date: Wednesday 16th November 2016 Venue: NSPCC National Training Centre Leicester. Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
It has been 10 years since Include Me TOO with NSPCC highlighted the much needed issues of safeguarding Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) disabled children and young people and the role of multi faith and community based settings to protect and promote the welfare of all children in our diverse communities.
The conference's purpose is to increase awareness, understanding and inclusion in regards to disabilities within our communities and challenge misinformation, negative perceptions and myths regarding disability.
The conference aims to:
increase cultural awareness and understanding of areas to be considered in safeguarding within our diverse communities
support the cultural competences of service providers and relevant professionals in regards to cultural practices, safeguarding and intervention
improve understanding on matters of safeguarding in relation to disabled children, young people in faith and community settings
facilitate change that will create more inclusive, disability friendly and safer faith and local communities for Black, Asian and minority ethnic disabled children and young people
develop a Faith and Disability inclusive charter for disability friendly settings
Include Me TOO launched a new project Callum’s Promise which aims to increase Fun, Adventures and Friendships to disabled children and young people. The event was attended by many supporters and disability advocates which included Adam Pearson, Samantha Renke, Tanya Motie, Well Child’s Awards recipient Myles Sketchley, Sophie Walker Leader of the Women’s Equality Party and Department of Ability founder and creative director Daniel White.
The charity aims through this project to support disabled children and their families with FAB therapy play boxes for those who have no access to specialist sensory toys as well as supporting to create lasting treasured memories through new experiences and adventures whilst still continuing to campaign for the change needed.
Film by: Cristiana Ferrauti
Music: Golden Sunrise by Josh Woodward
The campaign and project launch was hosted by Irwin Mitchell at their headquarters in London with four other partners supporting each various elements to make a real difference supporting the following promises:
Surfability provides disability friendly and adapted surfing for disabled children and young people in Swansea. Callum’s Promise is to raise funds for a second disability friendly adapted surfing board, and increase access to disabled children and young people to surfing with Surfability.
Department of Ability is a vision of Daniel White who is producing the first ever superhero comic with Superheroes disabled children and young people can relate to whilst increasing acceptance in general society. Callum’s Promise is to increase the access to Department of Ability characters and stories to all children and young people increasing friendships and disability acceptance.
Sals Shoes finds new feet for pre loved children shoes globally. Callum’s Promise has joined Sals Shoes as their disability partner to increase footwear to disabled children globally. Furthermore the charity is appealing for preloved piedro boots and similar specialist footwear to support disabled children and young people’s feet in the UK.
Parallel London delivered the largest disability inclusive family friendly public event in London this September. Callum’s Promise is to support disabled children, young people and their families involvement and attendance to future Parallel London events who live outside of London.
‘The reality is disabled children and young people have less opportunities to fun experiences, limited chances of making friends and meeting new people, and have limited opportunities to have the support they need to have their adventures.
Friendships are an important part of most of our lives and disabled children and young people want to have choices of things to do, make friends and have places to go as part of their enjoyment and wellbeing. They want a chance to have the same opportunities of fun and adventures as their non-disabled peers. Their families also want to have shared experiences of days out and socialising with others without having to experience the barriers to access, inclusion and negative attitudes and assumptions regarding disabilities
We are looking forward to working with our amazing partners and anyone who wishes to join us to support and increase opportunities for fun, friendships and adventures to disabled children and young people ensuring they too can leave a mark on this world’.
Parmi Dheensa (Include Me TOO Founder and Executive)
The charity’s Fun, Adventures and Friendships programme is a result of disabled children and young people wanting to take part to support a promise made by the founder of Include Me TOO to her disabled son Callum of a life full of fun, adventure and friendships which is shared throughout the charity’s work.
Disabled children and young people took part in several fundraising challenges to increase opportunities to fun and friendships for their peers during this summer 2016.
The first challenge they took part in was their first surfing adventure with Surfablity who are able to also accommodate wheelchair users.
The second part of the challenges took place in the West Midlands where they completed Abseiling, Tobogganing and Canoeing.
The donating page is now available with a film showcasing these children’s achievements to help Include Me TOO’s Callum’s Promise to increase disabled children and young people’s experience to fun and adventures by accessing such facilities.
Include Me TOO are proud to announce that AJ Joshi has become our latest ambassador to support Include Me TOO joining Apache Indian and Chris Holmes MBE.
“I am truly honoured to be an International Ambassador of this passionate and determined charity Include Me TOO making a real difference to many lives. The charity has many inspiring stories and is unique in that it has been developed from day one by disabled children, young people and their families from diverse communities with limited resources but using many creative approaches and has a clear vision of disability equality and inclusion.
Children are extremely close to my heart and I’ve always supported organisations helping children attain better opportunities, Include me too are driving that objective forward no matter what barriers they may face
I am looking forward to supporting Include Me TOO as an Ambassador in the new chapter of the charity here in the UK and internationally. I am particularly inspired by the charity’s new campaign and granting programme which is a promise made from the charity’s founder to her disabled son Callum. This promise the charity aims to fulfil increasing opportunities for fun, friendships and adventures to disabled children and young people. There are many initiatives being planned and I am looking forward to the journey ahead, working with the charity to increase its profile and reach whilst Include Me TOO continues to help change lives for a brighter future. ”
AJ Joshi is a an entrepreneur and a philanthropist who is an Ambassador for Include Me TOO a charity supporting the rights of disabled children, young people and their families. At 16 years old and whilst at college Joshi launched his first company selling mobile phone accessories online. In November 2001, Joshi launched MajorFm.com with a friend, one of UK’s first internet radio stations. He went on to win Best Radio Station at the People’s Choice Awards. He was selected over Capital Fm, Choice Fm and BBC 1Xtra. In 2007 majorfm.com was nominated as the best website for the Kickers Urban Music Awards UK. In January 2004 he launched UKRecordShop.com with another friend. The same year UKRecordShop.com was nominated UK’s largest independent music store.
In 2000, at the age of 21 Joshi founded The Secret Network, better known later as TSN. In 2012 Joshi co-founded Incipio Academy. It is an online educational network and live events company for personal development and alternative education. In Incipio Academy people can take online courses and improve their personal and professional skills.
In 2012 Joshi founded the One Wish Foundation which focuses on children displaced against their will from normal society. It includes children of war, orphans and children from broken families. In 2013 Joshi co-founded Sivvr. It is a creative agency and app development company based in London, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
In 2015 Joshi founded Valens, a health care and supplement company based in London & Los Angeles. In the same year he founded ScopeForGood.org along with friends. It is an initiative driven by Periscope broadcasting live events for charitable causes.