Let’s start the decade by getting the harassment of Disabled Women and non-binary folk made illegal in Britain as making something illegal is to bring in consequences for perpetrators. It is a genuine fear and a reality lived by many members of the disability community, with statistics showing that Disabled people are more than twice as likely to experience sexual assault and harassment. A petition has been launched to campaign towards a law being passed which makes harassment crime. Please sign this petition and make the world a slightly safer place.
Every day a Disabled person will encounter someone who wants to ‘help’, even if it isn’t asked for – hese people aren’t necessarily doing wrong by wanting to help out. Even worse, there are instances where people will, retaliate with aggression after being told ‘no’. Then there are the people who might ‘help’ to get people’s trust before doing something worse, such as sexual assault or inappropriately propositions which can be physically and mentally damaging to a Disabled person’s wellbeing.
In recent years we have seen the rise of campaigns to raise awareness of sexual assault and harassment such as #MeToo and #Timesup which has dominated the media. Thanks to social media people are finally speaking out, whether it be to share their story or showing solidarity.
We in the disability community have a similar tag of #JustAskDontGrab to share their stories and experiences of being ‘helped’ when they didn’t want it and weren’t asked if they did’ to inform the wider public of how best to help someone and with the importance of asking a Disabled people if they want any help. Fashion magazine Grazia has highlighted the campaign which has increased in support.
Today is #InternationalDayofDisabledPeople – a day in which the world reflects on what needs to be addressed to be as inclusive and accessible as possible.
On the weekend we held our Annual General Meeting and Launched our brand new Forging our Future Disability History Project which we will be be bringing the younger generation and older generations of Disabled people together in learning and creating new resources for the wider public to be educated on Disability rights, history and much more.
“It’s time we take the opportunity to appreciate the activists before us, while passing over the torch to the future generations.” – Winnie Wilkins
With the cold weather and dark nights officially upon us, it is important for Disabled and Chronically ill people to be as comfortable and safe as possible. Bristol blogger Niamh Gabrielle has written her own personal guide into surviving winter while Disabled and Chronically ill. Click here to read her personal blog post.
Keep up to date with Niamh on the following Socials:
Mental Health Act Review – Support Urgently needed!
Over the last few months a number of user-led groups have been campaigning for major changes in the Mental Health Act Review recommendations, to bring them in line with full human rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Will you help stop compulsory detention in hospital of people with mental health difficulties, autism and/or learning difficulties? Then please support this campaign by:
Using a one-page campaign sheet, availablehere, to get more signatures for the campaign from both individuals and organisations?
Using a model letter for MP candidates to call on them to support this campaign?
You can find a copy with hyperlinks here and one with full web links here. For guidance about how to contact MP candidates, see here.
Tomorrow (13th November) at 2pm we will be meeting with Sustrans to give feedback into how the Bristol Bath Cycleway can be made more Deaf, Blind and Disabled Friendly for its users. All Disabled people are welcome to attend, especially those from Central and East Bristol.
Access Sport want to help develop more disability inclusive opportunities in the South Bristol area so are inviting local sports clubs and disability/health/education providers to find out more about what we do and how we can support them to engage more Disabled young people in sport and physical activities.
They’ll discuss aspects of running a successful inclusive club, with clubs already working with them being able to provide real life examples with plenty of time for questions.
There will be two sessions –
Session 1: 15th November 2019 11:00 – 13:00 The Park Centre Knowle, BS4 1DQ Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/78619439861
Session 2: 19th November 2019 18:30 – 20:30 Merchants Academy Sports Centre, BS13 9BJ Eventbrite link : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/78625381633