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.

 

Celebration of International Day of Disabled People

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December 3, 2016 @ 12:00 am to 4:30 pm at York Explore

International Day of People with Disability

BSL interpreters will be avaliable.

International Day of People with Disability and Disabled History Month are important dates in the calendar but have been little celebrated in York.  We’d like to see them build and grow! Grass roots community groups, city wide and international organisations have come together to create a programme exploring and celebrating our experience of disability  through poetry, music, art and performance.

Our celebration launch is at noon, followed by an afternoon of activities, workshops and the chance to chat and share your thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Some highlights of the day:

Burkina Beading Workshop with Ross Georgeson Join artist Ross Georgeson for a demonstration of paper-beading techniques used by west African artisans with disabilities. This drop-in workshop is for anyone & everyone over 6 (children must be accompanied)

Chilli-BON-BON interactive dance & drama workshop Chilli-BON-BON is a community performance group. You are invited to watch/join in with our workshop using sound, music, movement, film, dance, silence and laughter. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Ross Georgeson Disability Art Exhibition  Edinburgh-based artist Ross Georgeson will exhibit his latest collection of artworks based on his work with disabled athletes in Burkina Faso.

Voice of the Drum Making music together is great fun. No previous experience needed; open to all ages and abilities. We are proud to have disabled and non-disabled members in our performance group.

Disability Doodle The doodle is open to everybody, disabled and non disabled people alike, family carers, allies, workers, friends, neighbours etc. There are no wrong answers or bad doodles, so don’t hold back, we encourage challenging comments, but nothing offensive please! You can follow the doodle on twitter using the hashtag #YorkDisabilityDoodle2016.

My Shape is an audio visual performance piece presenting the poetry of the late, great Barbara Stewart (1956-2016).  Barbara’s poetry draws on her lived experience as a proud disabled person. Articulating her very personal experiences of, the medical profession, everyday discrimination, difference and empowerment, Barbara’s work is at the same time shockingly honest, funny and positive.

See https://www.exploreyork.org.uk/event/international-day-of-people-with-disability/

Put on jointly by York Independent Living Network, York Explore, York Human Rights City Network and International Service.

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Disability History Month & International Day of Disabled People 3 Dec 16.

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 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.

We are currently planning an event in York to celebrate Disability History Month(22 Nov – 22 Dec) & International Day of Disabled People (3 Dec 16).  This is in partnership with York Explore, the International Service and York Human Rights City Network.  This will happen between 28th Nov and 3rd Dec. Further details will be shared soon.

We are keen to hear from anyone else who might be planning something too so that we might promote this as part of our celebrations.  If you are planning something, or know of anyone doing so please do get in touch.

Please email admin@yiln.org.uk or tweet @yiln2.