Direct Payments in York; Current Issues and Future Direction.

Summary:

This post presents our position on the current issues and future direction for direct payment support in York.  It outlines the background, purpose of this work and our current position. It also includes six themes relating to current issues and concludes with seven recommendations that we believe will improve direct payment support in York and the quality of life of disabled people and their families. Continue reading

What is Disability Pride?

Made as part of York Disability Pride 2017 celebrations, this short clip explains what ‘disability pride’ means for us. Big thanks for the wonderful and powerful voice of Imogen who tweets as @shewritesall and blogs at UpsideDownChronicles.com for helping make this happen.  Continue reading

York Disability Pride; Fri 1st, Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd Dec.

I want to fly free

Join us over the weekend of 1st, 2nd and 3rd December 2017 to celebrate disability pride in York, with comedy, theatre, dance, music, spoken word and art. With Creative movement and dance perform ‘Take Flight’ at York Disability Pride Cabaret on Fri 1st Dec along with , , , , .

Read more here.

EVENT: Direct Payments and Personal Assistants (PAs): Experiences, Issues and the Way Forward

Thursday 23rd November, 2-4pm, Main Hall, Priory St Centre, York YO1 6ET

Do you use Direct Payments?  Do you employ a P.A.?  Or do you work with people who do?

Description:

This event will look at direct payments and how people use them to be independent.  It will include Panel presentations on:

  • personal experiences of support and management of personal assistants (PAs),
  • running a direct payments support scheme in Lancashire through Disability Equality North West, a disabled persons organisation
  • current research from the University of York.

There will be ample opportunity for discussion as the purpose of the event is to debate current issues and future possibilities for using direct payments in York and elsewhere.

The event is hosted by York Independent Living Network, York: Human Rights City and Making Research Count York.

Panel members:

Chris Edmundson (YILN Trustee), Abi Bubb (YILN Trustee & Direct Payment Advisor) and other disabled people from the York area who currently use direct payments and employ PAs.

Mel Close, Disability Equality North West, who run a successful Direct Payments scheme in Lancashire.

 Dr Katie Graham, Lecturer in Social Work, University of York, speaking about her research into workplace personal assistance for people with physical impairments, the roles of workplace PAs and their relationships with disabled people and colleagues.  The project aims to further understand these roles and develop a useful resource for disabled people who have PAs at work, the PAs themselves and employers to increase the accessibility of the workplace. https://www.york.ac.uk/spru/projects/workplace-pa/

Who is it for?

The event will be of interest to disabled people, family carers and their allies, organisations, family members, employers, statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations.

What does it cost?

The event is free.

Need more information or want to make a booking?

Book a place online via Eventbrite http://goo.gl/5ePnnm 

Email info@yorkhumanrights.org or phone 07951 0501530.

We plan for an inclusive event, but please do let us know if you need us to do anything to facilitate access.

 

Celebrating Disability Pride 2017

mage of the clasped hands of the late great disability activist and poet Barbara Stewart.

Image of the clasped hands of the late great disability activist and poet Barbara Stewart.

Celebrating Disability Pride in York 2017

On Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December we will be celebrating disability pride in York. On Friday night at York St John University we are planning a showcase of disability art performances from international, national and local artists that will including comedy, theatre, spoken word and music. Then on Saturday and Sunday we will be at York Explore with a two day festival of disability arts and debate, including music, dance, drama, arts, debate and a pop up cinema. Supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s York Committee and working in partnership with York Explore, York Human Rights City and others, we at York Independent Living Network are proud and excited to be marking disability pride 2017 in this way.  We’d love you to be part of this so watch this space for further details and we look forward to welcoming you over this weekend of disability pride and power.

What is disability pride?

Disability pride is about being loud, proud and out there on the issue of disability, impairment, health conditions and all those connected to it.  It recognises both the barriers, discrimination and exclusions disabled people face in their everyday lives as well as leadership and valid contribution we make each day, every day to our communities and societies.  Disability pride actively challenges ideas of ‘normal’ and celebrates the inevitable diversity of the body and mind. Disability Pride is ultimately about disabled people* expressing themselves, telling their stories, reclaiming their histories in ways that connect to a broader global drive rights and respect.  But this is not just for disabled people, it’s for everybody in the hope of an inclusive and fair world for all.

History and Human Rights

November and December include both disability history month (22/11 to 22/12) and the international day of disabled people (3/12).  UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) is an annual event, running since 2010, that works to create a platform for focus on the history of disabled peoples struggle for equality and human rights. This years theme looks at Disability and Art. See http://ukdhm.org/ for further details.  International Day of Disabled People is a day observed by the United Nations.  This started in 1992, by United Nations General Assembly resolution (47/3). Its aim is to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of disabled people. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of disabled people in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. This years theme is the ‘transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all’.  See https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-3-december.html for more details.

Celebrate with us

Further details of our celebrations will be posted here over the next few week. On this page shortly (once we’ve sorted the technical details) we will host a ‘disability pride’ community calendar where we will invite people and organisations to add their events to it.  Our hope is this will promote a range of excellent disability pride celebrations in York that mark disability history month and international day of disabled people 2017.

Get in touch

If you are thinking of hosting an event, want to find out more or have other questions do get in touch with Stephen on 07951050153 or admin@yiln.org.uk

*Just in case your wondering, by disabled people we refer to the social model and include a broad range of issues, i.e. mental health, learning difficulties, physical, sensory and other impairments, chronic illness and other health related issues. By informal carers we refer to friends or family members that provide an unpaid caring/support role. By allies we mean anyone who is committed to achieving disability equality and inclusion and recognises the everyday struggle disabled people face.

Celebrating Disability Pride 2017 – update

Excitingly, I heard this week that a recent application we made to the JRF York Committee has been successful.  This is to celebrate disability pride in York, through us hosting an event and running a series of connected activities on international day of disabled people (3 Dec), and throughout Disability History Month (end Nov – end Dec).

This will include;

A celebration event with performances and workshops by local, national and international disabled activists and artists, including, poetry, stand up, music and debate.

A disability film festival showcasing a range of material and facilitated debate about the representation and narrative of disabled people.

A disability open art exhibition calling for entries by disabled and non disabled artists to submit.

A disability history workshop with local emphasis and connecting to the York Explore archive resource.

A local organising event to explore current issues for disabled people and action planning to address these.

Our approach will be to invite local disabled people and groups to participate and contribute to the delivery of the above, as well as inviting national and international disability artists and activists to present and perform.

In July we held an initial planning meeting with our colleagues from Explore York and York Human Rights City, the notes of which are avaliable here.  We will be holding a further  meeting on 19th Sept, 930 – 11, Room K/G33, Kings Manor, University of York, Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EP where we will discuss the above plans and begin the process of organising it all.

If you would like to attend the meeting on the 19th please book via this eventbrite link here, If you have any ideas and thoughts or want to get involved please do get in touch with Stephen by email admin@yiln.org.uk or phone 07951050153.

Finally, we would like to say a big thanks to the JRF York Committee for support us.

 

 

Celebrating Disability Pride 2017 – Open Planning Meeting

Celebrating Disability Pride 2017 – Open Planning Meeting Weds 19th July, 10am, at York Explore.

Each 3rd December marks International Day of Disabled People. The day is promoted by the United Nations and celebrated across the globe to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance, and to celebrate the achievements and contributions made by disabled people. Around the same time is also Disability History Month that seeks to reveal an often hidden history of disabled people, by themselves in their voices and from their experience.

Both events are not only an opportunity for everyone to celebrate disability pride, but also to explore the very real challenges and barriers that can disable people who live with impairments. By disabled people and people who live with impairments we refer to the social model and include a broad range of issues, i.e. mental health, learning difficulties, physical, sensory and other impairments, chronic illness and other health related issues.

Last year in York, a partnership group made of the York Independent Living Network, York Explore, International Service and York Human Rights City put on a one day event at Explore (central library) to mark International Day of Disabled People last December.

Our short film, the ‘International Day of Disabled People 2016 in York’ shows some of the highlights from the day. The day was A great success. We are planning to do something similar this year and are holding an open meeting from 10 to 11.30am on Wednesday 19 July at York Explore where we will show the film and begin planning. Our hope is that more and more individuals and organisations get involved in running and attending events and that these become part of York’s annual calendar. We are therefore keen to hear from like minded people and organisations either by your attendance on 19th July or by getting in touch. Please contact admin@yiln.org.uk or 07752 365 297 (leave a message with your name and contact details)

If you’d like to attend or get involved, you’d be most welcome.

Please let us know in advance if you can any access requirements. York Explore is fully accessible to anyone with mobility impairments. It also has a hearing loop system (but needs to know in advance so that it can set this up). If you need signers or any other access facilities we will need notice to get these organised. Please let us know by Tuesday 10 July.

To book on the event: Click Here

FAQs

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact York Independent Living Network: admin@yiln.org.uk or 07752 365 297 (leave a message with your name and contact details)

Is this meeting fully accessible?

Please let us know in advance if you can any access requirements. York Explore is fully accessible to anyone with mobility impairments. It also has a hearing loop system (but needs to know in advance so that it can set this up). If you need signers or any other access facilities we will need notice to get these organised. Please let us know by Tuesday 10 July.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope.