Both Irwin Mitchell and KIDS work on a daily basis with families whose lives are affected by disability and the aim of the competition is to encourage both disabled and non-disabled children and adults to share their personal experiences by telling stories.
The competition is being launched on World Book Day (6 March 2014) and the organisers hope it will inspire others and highlight the support on offer.
KIDS was established nationally in 1970 by John Mulchay, a teacher who was concerned about the development of a disabled child in one of his classes. John went on to set up KIDS to encourage parents, carers and schools to work together to enable disabled children and young people to develop their skills and abilities and to fulfil their potential, hopes and aspirations.
Stuart Henderson, Managing Partner of Personal Injury Law at Irwin Mitchell, said: “We are thrilled to be a part of this project and to be supporting KIDS to launch this competition.
“KIDS is such a fantastic organisation and we would like to continue to support them in any way we can. This competition is a brilliant way for young people and carers to share their experiences, show support to those in the same position and to inspire others.
“Having a disability should not stop people from having lofty ambitions, whether you are managing a condition you are born with or your disability is something that has developed through an accident. This competition aims to highlight the support that is out there for people.”
The charity works with children and young people from birth to the age of 25 who are disabled; that is they have a physical, sensory or mental health issues with interaction in social, attitudinal and environmental constraints creates barriers which hinder their full and equal participation in society.
Caroline Stevens, Chief Executive at KIDS, said: “We are looking forward to launching the writing competition and seeing the stories and poems from the entrants sharing their positive experiences.
“We are encouraging both disabled and non-disabled children and adults to share their personal experiences of disability, or of living with or caring for a disabled person.
“Through the work we do with families all across the country, we see firsthand the challenges they face and our work supports disabled children and young people to gain independence, social skills and self confidence. All disable children and young people have the right to fulfil their ambitions and we are committed to helping them to achieve this.”
The winning entry will be chosen by a judging panel and prizes include a Kindle Fire and also a £50 book voucher. The closing date for the competition is 30 April 2014.