A BRITAIN'S Got Talent winner will perform at an awards ceremony that celebrates the achievements of children with special educational needs and disabilities and the adults who support them.

Lee Ridley Aka Lost Voice Guy is performing at the Generation CAN awards held at University of Worcester Arena on July 11. Generation CAN held its first awards last year.

Lost Voice Guy is a stand-up comedian who disabled and unable to speak, he is the first standup comedian in Britain to use a communication aid in his routines. He impressed the judges on the ITV talent show last year with his unique comedy sets.

Lee Ridley said: "I really like the idea behind the awards. I think it's very important to celebrate the achievements of people with special needs. I encourage everyone to nominate someone because it's a great way of celebrating people and their successes. I can't wait to hear them."

Hannah Moloney, a teacher and founder of Generation Can said: “Over the last 8 years I have been able to see wonderful stories of children overcoming so much but those stories are not always told. In schools we measure attendance, we measure academic achievement but not always those individual stories. I wanted to give space for those stories to be talked about.”

“For example, last year we had someone couldn’t speak and was learning sign language. We had a boy who really struggled with school emotionally. It took him several attempts to start at a school, but now he is really settled and is a school prefect. We had a lad in a wheelchair who has gone on to play Boccia, a Paralympic sport for team GB."

"We also celebrate teachers and others working in education and health and social care. We celebrated an epilepsy nurse last year for the way she supported a family and got them through. We also celebrate parents for all of that love and support that happens behind closed doors."

We want to create better professional relationships between education and health and social care, so there is more collaboration between them and therefore more support for parents.

Nominations for this year's awards are open and you can nominate someone for an award by visiting generationcan.org.uk. Tickets for the awards will be available on the site in April.

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