The Barking and Dagenham IDDP organising committee is made up of representatives from several local authority teams, local charities and community volunteers.  We thought it would be fun to ask them a few questions to find out more about their work and why they love IDDP in Barking and Dagenham.  Here is what they said:


 

Autism Ambassadors

We asked Robert Lamb from the Sycamore Trust UK, Autism Ambassadors a few questions about what they do and why he likes IDDP in Barking and Dagenham. 

1) What do the Sycamore Trust UK Autism Ambassadors do? 

Sycamore Trust UK is a charity organisation that supports individuals with autism and learning disabilities. Alex Rowley and I are the co-ordinators of the Autism Ambassadors project, a dynamic group of young people with autism who give autism awareness presentations to organisations and the general public across Barking and Dagenham. 

2) Why are you or your organisation / team excited about IDDP? 

We are excited about IDDP as it is the first and only kind of event in the local area which celebrates diversity and the value of disabled people within the community. It is an event where people with disabilities can be themselves without having to play down the characteristics of their disability. It is also a space where they can feel valued and accepted in a safe environment. 

3) What is your favourite part about the B&D IDDP celebrations? 

My favourite part of the B&D IDDP celebrations has to be the performances from the various community groups affiliated with IDDP. For me these really showcase the special talents and interests that disabled people can have and that their disabilities don’t have to hinder them from doing what they enjoy in life. 

4) IDDP is a worldwide event. Who is your favourite role model from around the world in terms of disability? 

For me, my favourite role model of autism has to be Temple Grandin. She is a huge inspiration to me, being a professor of animal science, animal behaviour consultant to the livestock industry, an autism spokesperson, as well as the inventor of the “hug box”, all in one! She really shows that, despite your disability, you can turn it on its head and still be able to achieve your life goals. So rather than being a disadvantage, your disability can become a very special characteristic of you, even an eye-opener!


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Progress Project

1) What do you or your organisation / team do? 

Progress Project runs activities for young people living in Barking and Dagenham who have a disability. Our Young People’s Development Forum runs awareness raising campaigns and we train sport leaders and run sport sessions under our Sporting Futures banner. We are a small team; just Bradley and Matt but we have lots of friends in youth clubs and community groups across Barking and Dagenham. 

2) Why are you or your organisation / team excited about IDDP?

We are excited about IDDP because it brings together Barking and Dagenham residents with all kinds of disability and those with none. It is inclusive, diverse and most importantly a day of celebration!! 

3) What is your favourite part about the B&D IDDP celebrations? 

Everything about Barking and Dagenham’s IDDP celebrations is great but our favourite part is the arts and craft and indoor sports sessions which take place after 4pm when younger residents have finished school and they join us with their families. 

 4) IDDP is a worldwide event. Who is your favourite role model from around the world in terms of disability? 

Our favourite role model is Hannah Cockroft who we saw race when we went to the World Para-Athletics Championships at the London Stadium.


The AbPhab Youth Club

What do Ab Phab do?
Ab Phab are an inclusive youth club for disabled and no disabled young people ages 11 – 25. We run youth sessions which include trips to bowling, cinema, trampoline parks as well as residential during the summer holidays. This picture was taken during the summer at Stubbers Adventure Centre.

Why is Ab Phab excited about IDDP?
Ab Phab loves the sense of community that is achieved through inclusion with various groups coming together to celebrate the diversity through achievements of groups and individuals within the community. 

What is your favourite part? 
Ab Phab’s favourite part is the disco and evening entertainment where you can see families and friends enjoy themselves in a safe and non-judgmental environment. 

Who is your favourite role model? 
Ab Phab have two favourites, from the TV programme ‘The Last Leg’ – Adam Hill and Alex Brooker. This programme and its presenters have promoted the para Olympics in a positive way and has changed people’s perception of disability significantly. As a result of this show it inspired some of our members to take up sports and recently compete in the special Olympics in Sheffield. 






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Access Team at Special Olympics

LBBD Access Team 



What does the LBBD Access Team do? 

The LBBD Access Officers are Stephen Knell and me, Simon Blewett. We are based in the newly formed Disability Team and are available to work on any issues relating to access and equality. 

Why are you excited about IDDP?

 I always love IDDP as it brings people together, showcases people’s achievements and promotes the work of disabled people and associated groups. It is always fun and provides a safe, welcoming environment that allows people to be themselves. 

What is your favourite part about the B&D IDDP celebrations? 

I love all of it, although the disco at the end is always great fun. While it is not part of the main celebration the quiz night is always a great social occasion too. IDDP is a worldwide event. 

Who is your favourite role model from around the world in terms of disability? 

It is hard to pick an individual. I would say any Paralympian, especially our own Team GB athletes who draw huge crowds that are unprecedented in disability sport.





LBBD Sensory Team 

1. What do you or your organisation / team do? 

 We are a sensory team within the disabilities team in The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Our role is to visit and assess sensory impaired individuals, providing daily living skills and equipment necessary for them to lead an independent life. 

2. Why are you or your organisation / team excited about IDDP? 

 IDDP provides us with a platform to promote our services and to meet new individuals that may come under our auspices and allow us to promote well being with other, similarly minded, organisations. 

3. What is your favourite part about the B&D IDDP celebrations? 

We enjoy all aspects of IDDP as it is a fun, enjoyable, and informative event that all can attend, regardless of whether they have a disability or not. 

4. IDDP is a wordwide event. Who is your favourite role model from around the world in terms of disability? 

I personally feel that anyone in the public eye, that promotes ways to overcome disabilities, and especially if disabled themselves, is a role model for all.









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