New youth organisation choses Funka

Children, adolescents and young adults with language impairments are a target group that may have difficulties getting in touch with others and therefore risk being isolated. Right now, an exciting project is underway to establish a youth association with the aim of supporting these children and young people. Funka contributes with knowledge of IT accessibility and develops the organisation's website.

The Swedish Heritage Foundation is funding the project called "Finally!", which aims to enable children, young people and young adults with language impairments to get involved in a democratic organisation.

The idea comes from the National Association DHB, which organises deaf and hearing-impaired children as well as children with language disorders and their families.

The project has several objectives:

  • that young people should be made aware of their rights and opportunities
  • to encourage the target group to use their democratic rights in society
  • to enable children and young people with language impairments to attend camps and other social exchange activities with others in the same situation.
We are pleased that the Heritage Foundation has listened to our idea and we are grateful that they give us the financial opportunity to carry out our project, says Anna Gabrielsson, Secretary General of the National Association DHB.

As part of the project, a website is created, together with the young people and with the help from Funka. Through workshops and discussions in smaller groups, we co-create the website according to the requirements, wishes and needs that exist within the target group. The website should describe the organisation to the general public and serve as a source of information for the members.

I think this is the most important part of our business," says Johan Kling, Quality Manager at Funka. Not only listening to the end users but actually developing interfaces and functionality together, it is always very rewarding and we learn a lot every time.

The project, which is ongoing for 3 years, is expected to be completed in 2022. At that time, the youth association should be independent and functioning. For the target audience, not only the end goal, but also the project itself is important, as they are given an opportunity to build and run their own youth organization on their own terms.

About DHB:
The National Association DHB is organising deaf, hearing-impaired children and children with language impairments as well as their families. The organization looks after the entire family's needs and interests during the child's journey from preschool to working life. DHB's patron is Her Majesty Queen Silvia.

National Assembly DHB (text in Swedish), opens in new window