The term ‘disabled children and young people’ describes those who experience discrimination on the grounds of their impairment and/or medical condition. Discriminatory practices such as negative attitudes, inaccessible environments and institutional systems can make it difficult and sometimes impossible for disabled children and young people to experience the same opportunities as non disabled children.  The Amelia Trust Farm’s inclusive programmes has helped many young people to overcome barriers.

Sadly our young people come to us with a range of disabilities, some examples outlined below.  

The NHS suggest that around 2% to 5% of school-aged children may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD can occur in people of any intellectual ability, although it's more common in people with learning difficulties. Although there's no cure for ADHD, it can be managed with appropriate educational advice and support. The therapeutic and nurturing environment provided at Amelia Trust Farm can help young people to gain a better self-understanding which in turn may reduce the need for medication.

Autism is much more common than many people think. There are around 700,000 people in the UK living with autism - that's more than 1 in 100. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of 2.8 million people every day.  While autism is incurable, the right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to people's lives. 34% of children on the autism spectrum say that the worst thing about being at school is being picked on. 63% of children on the autism spectrum are not in the kind of school their parents believe would best support them. 17% of autistic children have been suspended from school; 48% of these had been suspended three or more times; 4% had been expelled from one or more schools.

Source: Autism.org.uk.

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes repeated seizures. Epilepsy is estimated to affect more than 500,000 people, 60,000 of them are children in the UK. This means that almost one in every 100 people has the condition. However, the condition can and does affect the lives of people with epilepsy, as well as their family and their friends. People with severe seizures that are resistant to treatment usually have shorter life expectancies and an increased risk of learning problems, especially if the seizures developed when they were young children.  Having epilepsy can impact a career choice, a person’s living and recreational activities (e.g. bathing and swimming alone) and if having break through seizures, the ability to drive a vehicle since having a seizure while doing these things could create danger for the individual or others.

Source: NHS.uk & Epilepsy Society