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Award-Winning Chesham Grammar Enterprise Team raises awareness
By CGS student Lily
The Young Enterprise team from Chesham Grammar School known as ‘Understood’ has won both the Chiltern and the regional round for south-central England and are now through to the national final of the Young Enterprise competition.
Understood’s main mission is to ignite change, encouraging education and positivity towards neurodiversity. The team produces informative and detailed cards that concisely describe how to help someone with an unseen disability if they are placed in a situation of distress. Each card is designed to be personal and bespoke to the individual’s needs, as the brand recognises that most neurodiverse conditions are on a range of spectrums. The cards are free as Understood feels that economic status should not prevent someone from receiving the tools they need and deserve. In order to fund these cards, the team sells branded, sustainably produced wristbands for £2 via its website www.understand.me.uk/, further promoting awareness.
As an autistic person himself, the CEO of ‘Understood’, Year 12 student Aidan Hannan, experiences first-hand the struggles and benefits of neurodiversity and has therefore driven the project to support other neurodivergent people. Aidan was thrilled to receive the ‘Individual Journey Award’ for Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. He says, “I am incredibly proud of Understood and everything we have achieved so far and hopefully we have inspired change.”
One influential figure in Understood’s journey is Mr Stoddern, Assistant Head of Chesham Grammar School, who ran a marathon up and down White Hill in Chesham, raising over £1,500 in support of the company.
Annmarie McNaney, Headteacher of Chesham Grammar School, says, “I am so incredibly proud of what the students in team ‘Understood’ have achieved. They are passionate about their work and their product, and their success in the local and regional rounds of the Young Enterprise competition is fantastic. We wish them every success in the nationals.”
Caroline Turner, Director of the organisation Creased Puddle, a blog site which embraces and empowers neurodiversity says, “I am beyond delighted to see and support the next generation of unseen disability advocates. Well done to all at Understood for your passion and commitment for the neurodiversity movement.”
Going forward, ‘Understood’ strives to expand nationally, continuing to build a network of influencers and supporters as their insight and advice undeniably drives the business forward. They truly believe and stand by their slogan “Unseen disabilities don’t need to go unheard.”
Article written by CGS student Lily in Year 12
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