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Raising awareness of disabilities

by Feli – 28th May 2024

I visited the Raising Awareness of Disabilities exhibition at the Merrion Centre, on display from the 18th-24th of May. This project, alongside work towards Child Friendly Leeds Wish 12, helps to make leeds a more inclusive city for young people with disabilities and special needs!

I really appreciated how projects also focused on hidden disabilities, such as epilepsy, and the stigma that surrounds them. I was amazed by all the wonderful art created by young people that took part in the project! Here are a two that really captivated me…


There were 3 wonderful posters created from this project, inspired by the words and ideas of the young people that took part. Here’s an example

If you know that your school would benefit from these posters, please email

I was unfortunately unable to listen to the recordings on display, but still got to see young people’s responses to prompts such as “What do you want others to know about you?” It was really important for me to look at each piece of art, as every young person created something individual and important. After the exhibition closes there is a plan for the digital posters to be shared across Leeds, to raise the voices of young people in Leeds with hidden disabilities.

Thank you to the young people from John Jamieson East SILC, St John’s School, Horsforth School, Brigshaw Academy (16+), the SEND Youth Council and Child Friendly Leeds for collating such a brilliant exhibition!

If you would like to check out some of the work and information surrounding the project, go here


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