Kidz Aware – Our Story
Every day families with disabled children and disabled adults face a range of difficulties that most other families don’t need to think about. As well as the practical challenges of managing a physical or mental disability, these families regularly support their children to overcome the emotional distress caused by bullying and discrimination. Whilst society has made significant strides in recent years, discrimination, racism and bullying still occurs all too frequently, both across our education system and at a community level. For disabled children and adults and their families. This can cause as much distress as the impact of the disability itself.
Our ambitions are simple. We want families with disabled children and disabled adults to have a voice and to be part of a wider solution that supports disability at every level of society. We are at the forefront of creativity and innovation in services to help raise awareness about the issues affecting children and adults with disabilities, their families and carers.
Kidz Aware is here for you.
Our job is to listen to your issues and give you the best advice available. This is the essence of our job so please do not be afraid to give us a call.
We give advice on lots of areas, so if you can’t find what you are looking for in these web pages, please contact us.
Once we understand your needs, its then time for us to provide the support you require and with connections across a broad range of services we really are the best people to speak with.
Call us right now, let us understand you needs or concerns and we can take it from there.
It doesn’t stop once we have listened and support you, it’s now our job to help you grow as an individual and part of a unit.
We will always be here for you, whether we have spoken many times before, not for a long time or we are on the phone all the time. Let us help you, call us now!
What parents say about us
I am a mum to two children who have autism, they are now 19 and 22 and over the last twelve years I have been accessing support from Kidz Aware, they have not only supported my two sons through all the health problems they have, Kidz Aware have attended the appeal for DLA for my son, they help me fill in all the different forms for my son’s disability, they have become part of our family and Gillian and Sabrina are incredible individuals who like helping others.
— Michelle Hemingway
Kidz Aware was founded in 2006 and we have developed a range of solutions since we first started our work.
Based in Wakefield, we now work across other Yorkshire Local Authorities areas with a mission “to ensure that all children and adults with a disability and their carers have the opportunities to achieve their aspirations in life.”
Our work is delivered fewer than three strands:
We deliver direct support for parents and carers, and targeted interventions with key partners.
We provide educational programmes addressing Bullying Racism and Discrimination in young people’s settings.
We provide practical support and guidance to disabled children and disabled adults and carers, whilst supporting the organisations that support the individual’s development.
A significant proportion of our work is targeted at working with schools and partner organisations to raise awareness of bullying racism and disability. We deliver practical support that helps organisations provide a safe and supportive environment for children and adults with disabilities.
We routinely support primary and secondary schools to implement practical steps that address peer to peer bullying? For Kidz Aware, education is the key to addressing the challenges that disabled young people and their families face. We run a number of programmes for schools that allow children and young people to explore the realities of disability, bullying and racism.
Our programmes are founded on the Award Winning, Pacer Centre in Minnesota, America. These programmes support schools to meet statutory legislation requirements, demonstrating the school’s commitment to delivering an outstanding approach to the behaviour and safety of pupils at the school, as set out in Ofsted’s School Inspection Handbook.