Matty Agar from Broadgreen School with Lord Mayor Tony Concepcion
School pupils in Liverpool have turned online designers by coming up with a new interactive app and animations promoting services for young people with special needs.
Their work is being featured on the city council’s Local Offer website, which provides information about services available for children and young people aged up to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities.
The city council has worked with educational media charity Twin Vision, app design agency Splinter and children and young people with special educational needs to develop an animated version of the information about Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans and information about the Sensory Service and SENISS (Special Educational Needs Inclusion Support Service).
The Local Offer covers special educational needs and disabilities including conditions such as ADHD, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Dyspraxia, learning or mobility difficulties, and sight or hearing impairments.
Pupils from Broadgreen International School, Palmerston School, St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School, St Vincent’s and Sandfield Park School were involved.
The young people had a say in everything from the design of the app through to developing the animations and even recording the voice overs.
It is being launched at a special event taking place at midday on Friday 29 January at Liverpool Town Hall which will be attended by Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Concepcion.
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for education, Councillor Nick Small, said: “There is a growing demand for special educational needs services and it is important that families and especially young people are aware of the support that is available for them.”
“It is vital that we make the information more user friendly and interesting to young people, because if we want them to use it then it has to be presented in a way that is easily understandable to them and presented in an accessible way.”
Paul McCann, Director of Twin Vision said: “Twin Vision In collaboration with Splinter feel privileged to have been part of a process that will ensure children and young people across the city are able to access much needed services.
“The emphasis from the beginning was to give full ownership of the App and resulting animations to the young people through them informing all elements of content and design.
“The resulting tools truly are a set of effective accessible resources created for and by young people to meet their needs in a way which reflects how young people choose to access information through digital media on mobile devices.”
Matty Agar, aged 14, a pupil at Broadgreen International School (pictured with the Lord Mayor), said: “I’ve got an interest in computers and found it a really good experience.
“It makes me proud to think that I have been part of something so fantastic.”