How one group of disabled people navigated and met their destinations

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Seven young people with a disability have battled against the technology of TV, BBC and public transport How would you navigate London, Australia, Cape Town or California if…

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Seven young people with a disability have battled against the technology of TV, BBC and public transport

How would you navigate London, Australia, Cape Town or California if you had never left your home before?

This week’s group was hoping to find out.

7 young people with disabilities met in London, Sydney and Melbourne and were about to depart for their new homes.

Ahead of this course, the training was part of the BBC Horizon TV series, Satellite Hopes, on BBC One that aims to show young people with disabilities coping with the challenges of everyday life by exploiting the technology available.

In future stages of the curriculum, participants are given a vehicle of their choice and a young person takes them to experience the region they will be living in.

Using Facebook, the participants and guest mentors conduct video diaries from the journey to share with the world what life is like for them living independently.

Image copyright User handout Image caption Mixed gender cyclist Jake is tackled the 27km course in Sydney with the help of his female mentor

The videos, which last between 30 and 60 minutes, are shared by the selected group each Friday as they help each other to prepare for the journey.

On Tuesday, Sydney was the location for 7 young people with disability, including 12-year-old Amy Jane and 21-year-old Ruby.

A mixed gender cyclist, Jake, who competes in competitions on the road and on an anti-cycling wheelchair, tackled a 27 kilometre course in Sydney with the help of his female mentor.

Along the way they met the ex-Ballet dancer, Lisa.

Fellow cyclists and trainees, butlers, technology projects manager, Ian and actor and producer, Pete, helped Jake prepare.

Image copyright BBC Image caption After riding through the Yarra canyon, a canyon so steep that visitors to Australia only have to climb it to reach the city, the cyclists make their way back to the start

Harrison, 16, from Canberra, caught up with his mentor, Jess, in Melbourne to go on a digital skills and career information session.

A former government worker and Paralympian, Jess was returning to her IT Consultancy Career to help prepare Harrison for university.

“Sam, Katrina and Sarah are just amazing young people, they don’t have a care in the world. At times it’s really hard being with such busy, successful students, but they treat each other with so much respect,” said Jess.

Image copyright BBC Image caption Connected cyclists in Sydney and Melbourne pose for selfies

Hannah, an administrator with Autism Spectrum Disorders, spent her time in Sydney working with other young people on remote ownership and internet rights.

This is a topic that the young people had not previously discussed with each other.

“I’ve never been on an internet cafe, I’ve never owned a tablet or laptop, all my friends are all digital and I’m really happy that I’m not,” said Hannah.

The course started in early April and ran until the final week.

Although the course is over, all seven young people are now already engaged in the development of the rebranding, image and branding for the new organisation.

Image copyright Channel 4/Digital Storytelling Trust Image caption Nine young people with a disability set out to prove that technology can aid public transport in Wales

These people, once they’ve received full industry certification and have hosted two events will be supporting other young people with disabilities looking to find an authentic way of living their life that enables them to experience their new home.

Image copyright Jemima Tierney Image caption After being woken in the middle of the night, Joseph chose the old railway tracks to try and avoid the traffic of the city

After the London trip, Claire, 23, lived in London for a while and put her skills into practice when she was first in work in a local library, researching a new show.

She found out the non-profit had a work based innovation and development project and was invited to help apply the first piece of software.

“I’d never worked on a software before, I couldn’t understand it, but I helped write the first piece and that opened a whole new world for me and my development,” said Claire.

The final week in the programme had 4 women, 2 men and a Paralympian.

Mike was a Paralympian and cympic cyclist in T44 who had overcome adversity – but had ultimately found there was more work to be done in social care.

“One of the biggest challenges is looking for a job and saying ‘I’m blind, can I see my placemat’, we need a similar approach to disability to our disability communities,” he said.

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