By Janaki Mahadevan
Thursday, 02 June 2011, Children & Young People Now
Six young ambassadors for charity Whizz Kidz have produced a video explaining three articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by describing their experiences of discrimination.
Referring to the right to go to school and not be excluded from education, George, a 13-year-old from York, said he had been excluded from practical science lessons because he was not allowed to use a Bunsen burner due to health and safety reasons.
"I can do all the practicals now because I have a different teacher who is nicer," he said. "She doesn’t mind my partner getting all the equipment and setting it up so I can do the experiment, which is more fun that sitting in the corner and watching everybody else doing the work."
Nineteen-year-old Lucy from Leicester also described being excluded because of her disability. "I wanted to take French lessons at school but because the class was upstairs and the teacher refused to bring it downstairs, I was told to drop the subject," she s...
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