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?

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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.

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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. Continue reading

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). Continue reading

Celebrating Disability Pride 2017 – Open Planning Meeting

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

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Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are seeking responses from people living with a disability on their experience of using the services that they regulate; hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes, care at home services, for example.  There are only 5 questions, you can answer anonymously and your answers will help the CQC’s aim of  improving the overall quality of care in England.  Please follow this link to their website.

York St John University – Disability Confident employer

York St John University is a Disability Confident employer.  We recruit on an ongoing basis for a wide range of vacancies, including academic, administration, domestic and maintenance roles.  Please visit our website https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/jobs/ to view our current vacancies and find out more about life at York St John University and the benefits of working here. 

#yorkdisabilitydoodle2016 – What future do we want? Does our language matter?

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#yorkdisabilitydoodle2016 – 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 another.

The way it will work is, we will put up a very large sheet in the foyer and will be asking and encouraging people throughout the week to write, draw and express something about disability.  This can be personal, political, historical, futuristic, a bee in your bonnet, something worth celebrating, a great idea or a powerful memory, drawings, scribbles, portraits, patterns, thumbprints and lipstick, soft voices and screams – anything goes really.  Our goal is to get people talking about disability much much more. Because lets face it, we need to be better at understanding and representing the ‘D’ word.

To kick it off we are thinking about two key questions.

What future do we want? The theme for International Day of Disabled People is ‘Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want’, which draws attention to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how these goals can create a more inclusive and equitable world for disabled people. See here.

Does our language matter? The theme for UK Disability History Month in 2016 will focus on the language used to describe disabled people and the language disabled people use to express themselves. See UKDHM.org

So please do come down and say hello, pick up a pen and add a bit of you to the #yorkdisabilitydoodle2016 or send us something by email, tweet or text below.

We will be in the foyer of York Explore, 10-3pm on Mon 28th, Tues 29th Nov, Thurs 1st, Fri 2nd, and Sat 3rd Dec, 12-5pm.

For further information please contact Stephen on hiya@stephenleehodgkins.net or admin@yiln.org.uk or text/mob 07752 365 297 or @yiln2.