Advocacy at AFK

Celebrating Co-Production, Creativity and Inclusivity: The I AM Festival 2024

The I AM Festival, part of the AFK’s Cultural Ambassador Programme, concluded in March, highlighting workshops in dance, music, theatre, and art aimed at empowering disabled young people. Through partnerships with London organisations and a theme of ‘See Me, Hear Me,’ the festival championed inclusivity, providing a platform for creativity and challenging stereotypes among participants and employers alike.

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Innovation Unleashed: Neurodivergent Entrepreneurs’ Secret to Success by Patrick Young

A guest blog from Patrick Young. In today’s diverse and dynamic business landscape, neurodivergent individuals are finding their rightful place as successful entrepreneurs.

AFK Beach 2023: A Month of Sun and Sand for a Cause

Thanks to the incredible support, AFK Beach 2023 raised over £100,000!

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‘We Mean Business’ – AFK Launches new Self-Employment support Programme

AFK have launched a new programme dedicated to supporting young people aged 18-25 to become self-employed. We believe that everyone should be able to have options to choose from and be able to live the life they choose.

An Evening of Gourmet Cuisine, Philanthropy, and Fundraising

On a Monday evening, 40 guests gathered at Les 2 Garçons for a sumptuous four-course meal, all in the name of raising vital funds.

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Transforming Lives: AFK’s ‘little BIG’ Support

In a world where every individual’s potential should be nurtured, the stories of Matthew, Aaliyah, and Lacey showcase the impact that AFK can have on the lives of young people with disabilities and autism.

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AFK’s Travel Training Toolkit is here!

AFK has produced a unique Travel Training Toolkit, supporting young people with additional needs to develop their confidence and skills to travel as independently on the Transport For London network and walking routes.

AFK Ambassador Michael Atwal-Brice wins British Citizen Award

Long term AFK supporter and Ambassador Michael Atwal-Brice receives prestigious British Citizens Award

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Celebrating Learning Disability Week 2022 – I AM Festival

To celebrate Learning Disability Week, we’re at I AM Festival – a yearly celebration empowering D/deaf, disabled, and neurodivergent young people to explore their creativity.

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Mik Scarlet on the Social Model of Disability

Disability advocate Mik Scarlet discusses the importance of the Social Model of Disability (first published in Unite Magazine in March 2018).

Disabled People or People With Disabilities?

A guest blog from Esi Hardy of Celebrating Disability, shared with permission from her series Disability Inclusion Bites.

my AFK backs new national campaign ‘#PlayForAll’

We have joined a national campaign aiming to raise awareness of the lack of accessibility across the country for young disabled children in public spaces.

my AFK welcomes the House of Commons Education Committee’s new SEND report, released today.

Today, The Education Committee published its First Report of Session 2019-20, on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND report)

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Working With Disability Week 2019

Highlights from our first Working With Disability Week and our Urban Residential, which took place 15-19 July 2019.

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my AFK trainees give evidence on SEND at the House of Commons

Two my AFK trainees presented evidence to the Education Committee’s SEND Inquiry about their experience of support for SEND learners leaving school.

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Feedback Friday – Urban AFK Residential

Feedback Friday is all about empowering young people to have their say about our services. This is how our young people reimagined the Urban Residential.

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What is co-production?

Co-production is a way of working together so that professionals and people share power and make decisions on an equal basis.

Pernell is the my AFK Youth Council Chair

AFK Youth Council Chair Announced

Meet Pernell, 20, who is the new chair of my AFK’s Youth Council.

What is advocacy?

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy helps empower young people with special educational needs and disabilities to speak up for themselves and take control of their lives.

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Feedback Friday – Advocacy in Action

Feedback Friday is all about empowering young people to have their say and to help AFK understand what each individual really wants from their short break

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Jimmy says “Never judge a book by it’s cover”

This month, Jimmy, a business analyst at Lloyds Bank, gave a motivational speech to our students about getting a job you love.

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