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.

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