We believe that:

  • focus should be on positive solutions that look to the future, rather than to problems of the past
  • young people should be offered islands of time and space in which to develop
  • relationships need time, trust and investment
  • society needs to collaborate with young people by engaging with them and encouraging their aspirations
  • disabled young people need to develop independence
  • disabled young people want to be the ‘same as everyone else’ and have fun and try new activities
  • structure and boundaries that are clearly communicated will empower young people
  • young people should be valued for being themselves