Celebrating children and young people's abilities

Children and families are encouraged to get creative for the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) conference this year. 

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Published on: 23/04/21

2020 was a difficult year, especially being a child or a young person with a disability or chronic health condition during this time. This is why the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) is looking to celebrate children’s and young people’s abilities as they were so fundamental for overcoming last year’s challenges.

The EACD's My Abilities First programme is encouraging children and young people with disabilities from around the globe to share their abilities creating an 'ability identification card' (a video of up to one minute) to describe their abilities from their perspective. It has provided animations as examples and you can enter here (deadline April 30th). The videos will be celebrated on the EACD 2021 Global Partnerships Thematic Day - My Abilities First.

Another initiative by the EACD focuses on children and families sending in pictures, videos etc to hear their voice on what family, fun, friends & future mean to them, and to hear their experience of 2020. They are inviting all children with or without disabilities to make short videos (1-2 minutes) about the F-words and welcome videos of individual children, pairs or groups of children (eg siblings or friends).