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ASDAN students tackle discrimination in new film

I was delighted to visit Coleg Gwent’s Crosskeys Campus earlier this month, on behalf of ASDAN, to attend the premiere of ‘Language and Disability’: a documentary by Diploma in Life Skills students at the college.

Part of their Stamp Out Disability Hate Crime Campaign, the film focuses on the effect discriminatory language can have on people with a learning disability.

Students from Coleg Gwent’s Independent Living Skills department worked with Mencap Cymru to make the documentary, which investigates the impact, use and history of language associated with disability. The film was made as part of the charity’s Inspire Me project, which gives young people aged 14-25 with learning disabilities the chance to explore new opportunities and learn new skills through practical activities.

The group of 50 students, who are Inspire Me ambassadors, worked hard on the documentary and learnt all about how Mencap helps people with learning disabilities in the process. They helped with filming,carried out research and interviewed former Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, disability rights campaigner and freelance writer Nicky Clark and comedian Mik Scarlet, as well as starring in the film themselves.

This project provided a wealth of evidence for ASDAN Diploma in Life Skills (Entry 1-3) modules, including Community Action, Getting Things Done, Rights & Responsibilities and Following Instructions.

The film itself shines much-needed light on the discrimination faced by disabled people, revealing the true extent of the bullying and name-calling that goes on. It was very well received by the audience, which included MP for Islwyn, Chris Evans; all of whom agreed that it should receive a wider airing.

ASDAN strives to promote inclusion and, as such, it’s great to see our qualifications being used to support this type of project. We look forward to hearing more about this film’s impact and really hope it helps to address some of the issues it raises.



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