Young web wizards launch
new app and animations
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
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 over's.
It is being launched at a special event taking place at midday on Friday, 29
January 2016, at Liverpool Town Hall, attended by Lord Mayor, Councillor
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. More
information can be found on the Council's
website and the app 'Liverpool Local Offer' can be downloaded
from the app store."