Too often the social isolation and loneliness that young disabled people experience is defined by their disability, which can be all the more isolating. Changing Our Lives want to support young people to understand loneliness as a shared human experience by connecting young people and embedding human rights within the work of Common Ground. 

Between 2019 - 2020, Changing Our Lives partnered with the Law School from the University of Birmingham to design and develop a bespoke Human Rights training session aimed at young people. These sessions educated young people from mainstream schools by supporting them to develop a basic awareness of human rights, to deconstruct stereotypes of young disabled people and to understand that human rights apply to everybody. 

“Not only did the training session benefit the participants, we as the organisers have benefited greatly from it too. Teaching and learning are an intertwined two-way process and getting involved in the Common Ground project gave us the opportunity to consider carefully about human rights issues that arise everywhere in society.  This is extremely important for us as law students and future legal practitioners. It is safe to say that we learnt as much as, if not more than, the young people by being involved in the Common Ground project.”
– Law Student, University of Birmingham