text reads - #yorkdisabilitydoodle in black lettering and blue backgroundOn the 3rd and 4th Dec 2015, at City of York Council Offices to mark disability history month and mark international day of disabled people we asked people were to share their histories, experiences, ideas and knowledge about disability in doodles and words. International day of disabled people aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of disabled people.

We got a wonderful response and a wide range of contributions from people in York which we would like to thank everyone that took part. These included personal experiences, visions of  equality,  how to do inclusion, the naming of barriers and the impact of exclusion. Overall the words and doodles recognise both the personal and political struggle, as well as celebrating the unique and valuable contribution disabled people make, and their potential to make to everyday life.

Photos of each comment and doodle can be seen by clicking hereWe have purposely not edited these and are sharing them in totality as a way of allowing the diverse voices of disabled people and their allies to be seen and heard.  This we hope will help enable a conversation and debate to continue about disability so that disabled people are included as equal citizens in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. 

York Independent Living (YILN) is a disabled people-led organisation. We are focused on the empowerment of disabled people to have our voices heard, to influence the services we receive, to be included in, and get the most out of our lives.  If you would like to get involved, get in touch.

Stephen Lee Hodgkins (YILN trustee).

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  1. […] – following on from the fabulous response to last year’s doodle (see here) we will be at York Explore between Monday 28th Dec to Saturday 3rd Dec doing […]

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