Minister launches unique resource for young people with learning difficulties
Maria Eagle MP, Minister for Disabled People, will launch Passport to Life at the House of Commons today.Passport to Life is an exciting new guide to citizenship for people with learning difficulties. The professionally recorded audio CD and accompanying booklet are designed to provide a comprehensive guide to living and everyday law for young people aged 16 and above. The CD is narrated by former newsreader Martyn Lewis CBE, alongside readers with learning difficulties, one of whom will be speaking at the launch. The project was produced by United Response and the Citizenship Foundation and funded by The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. The CD and booklet make an accessible and lively resource for individuals, parents, colleges, teachers and social workers. Each chapter gives information on a different aspect of everyday life, like Going to work, Where you live, Your money and Benefits. In this way Passport to Life helps to meet the need, highlighted by the recent White Paper Valuing People, for support for young people with learning difficulties to make the transition to adulthood successfully. Justine March, one of the readers, said, 'I hope the CD and booklet will help young people with learning difficulties to get more information about their lives, and let them know that there are lots of people who can help. Quite often, it's access to information thats the problem and I think it will be particularly useful for school leavers. 'Taking part in the recording was such a good opportunity and I really enjoyed it. I hope that listening to the CD will encourage other people with learning difficulties to do similar things.' Martyn Lewis said, 'I was delighted to work so closely with a wide range of people with learning difficulties in the recording studio, to help create something so useful.' A free copy of Passport to Life will be sent to special schools and to Directors of Social Services.