We are all citizens

It is peoples right to have support to become a real citizen.

The Keys to Citizenship were developed by Simon Duffy and Wendy Perez as a framework for people and their families to explore good support.

It enables them to focus on areas of life that assist people to live as active and valued citizens.

Citizenship is important because it reminds us that we can each live a good life, in our own way, while also being able to live together with mutual respect.

Citizenship means rejecting the idea that people’s worth can be measured by money, power, fame, intelligence or any other ways that make people different and which some people imagine define ‘ what’s important’.

In the downloads at the side of the page you will find a workbook and guidance, these have been created for people who would like to think differently about their life, make changes and have support to become citizens.

You can also see a film to support the information here.

The film  looks at the importance of citizenship (to all) and the feelings and opinions of various people who have been diagnosed with a learning disability or autism.

Produced in partnership with the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups across the North East and Cumbria, ADASS – Directors of Adult Social Services, Inclusion North, North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network, NHS Health Education North East and Sunderland People First.