Project information

FAIR social media

FAIR would like to design and monitor an interactive website for young people with learning disabilities. Social media is a huge part of many young people’s lives and use it every day, young people with learning disabilities should not be excluded from this.


Charity information: FAIR

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  • Need


    Young people with learning disabilities can be very vulnerable and many parents and carers do not promote the use of this medium to stay in touch with friends. FAIR believe that young people with learning disabilities should be able to enjoy and partake in social media however extra care and protection may be needed.


    We would therefore only allow individual’s user names if they contact FAIR, we would build in education and training about the internet and we would monitor the site to ensure that there is no offensive remarks or bullying.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a safe and secure place for young people with a learning disability


    » Have focus groups with carers when designing website so that all areas and fears are covered

    What success will look like

    Success will be a website that is used by a large percentage of the learning disability community. We will also continue to evaluate the website from feedback from carers.

  • Impact


    We want to promote the use of the internet to people with learning disabilities. The internet and social websites are used by the majority of the public and young people with a learning disability should be able to access all the benefits. We would also reduce stress for carers who are worry about individuals being vulnerable.
    We can montior and evaluate it's use.


    To continue the upkeep of the website however we are dedicated to this.
    The target group can be vulnerable and we would carry out risk assessments of possible scenarios. We do however want the carers support so they can also assist the young person in their internet usage.


    We would report as was required and also allow donors to join our site.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Staff Management, research,design
      £9,000 Consultant Creation of website
  • Background


    We would originally base this project in Edinburgh as this is the area that we work with and we also have a close relationship with the specialised schools. If the website is successful we would hope to role out across the Lothians.


    Children and young people with a learning disability.Carers, Support Workers and teachers.
    The barrier to these people is not geographical and often not economic it is however there support need and parents fear of them being vulnerable that are barriers so them having a healthy relationship with the internet.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FAIR specialises in advising people with learning disabilities, using plain English publications, visiting families and representing them at appeal. It also advises on adults with incapacity issues and signposting for will and trusts. We provide advice and support to specie schools and attend parents’ evenings and career events. We therefore have access to carers and professionals that work with children with learning disabilities. It is a trusted resource

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kimberley Swan

    the Senior information officer and has a background of working with people with learning disabilities and on equality issues.

    Paul Mundie

    Graphic Artist- has over 15 years experience of illistration work for people with learning disabilties.

    Ashley Stein

    Admin Assistant- Maintain email newsletter and current social media links