Disability History Month runs from 22 November to 22 December and this year the focus is Disability and Music.
To celebrate, The Forum invites you to join us at the M Shed on 24 November.
12.15 Welcome and Introduction to the day
12.30 Raquel Messenguer
12.35 Beth Richards
13.05 Electric Storm Ensemble
13.35 Break for people to buy a drink or food in the café. There will also be a playlist of Disabled people’s music throughout the break.
14.05 Welcome back
14.10 Interview with Barrington Chambers about his experiences as a Disabled musician
15.05 Speaker and performance by Mind Your Music
15.45 Final words
16.00 Event Ends
Information about the performers and speakers.
Raquel Messenguer – Raquel is a local arts activist who will be talking about her work to encourage venues to be accessible to people who can’t sit or stand in the same position for long periods of time by enabling them to lie down.
Beth Richards – Beth is a researcher at the University of Bristol and active member of The Misfits, a local theatre and spoken word group of and for people with Learning Difficulties.
Electric Storm Ensemble – The Electric Storm Ensemble is a group of Disabled musicians supported by Drake Music. They are an inclusive band of musicians based in Bristol who play and write music together and perform live at venues around the city.
Barrington Chambers – Barrington is a local musician who plays in the Bristol Reggae Orchestra and has been involved in a number of other groups over the years.
Symbiosis – Symbiosis is an emerging local band of Disabled singers, song-writers and instrumentalists who will be performing acoustic music.
Mind Your Music – Mind Your Music is an inclusive music project aimed at enhancing the mental health of survivors of mental health difficulties and those in recovery from alcohol/drug addiction.
Please note: BSL interpreters will be available. For more information, or if you would like to discuss your access needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 914 0528
It’s that time of year again when we are planning our Annual General Meeting (AGM). Before our AGM we need members to stand as an Advisor in our next elections. Advisors are the people members elect to our management committee (now called a trustee board). Sadly, we have lots of spare places as a number of Advisors experienced poor health and/or worsened impairments over the past year.
This year we have the following vacancies:
East Bristol: 1 Advisor post
Central and West Bristol: 1 Advisor post
City Wide: 2 Advisor posts
Organisations FOR Disabled People: 2 posts
Organisation OF Disabled People: 4 posts
This is an exciting time to become an Advisor as we are moving into a new phase with lots of opportunity to re-think what we do and develop new work. While we welcome applications from all, we are particularly keen to recruit people with experience in:
- Business Development
So, if you identify as a Disabled person and are interested in becoming a Forum Advisor, please take the time to read through the nomination paperwork below and send us your nominations via post or email. We look forward to receiving them by 1pm on 27 October.
If you have any questions about becoming an Advisor or require any of the paperwork in a different format, please contact the office on 0117 914 0528 or email email@example.com
Advisor Role descriptions:
We are looking for nominations for the Rowen Jade Award 2018.
This award is given annually to a Disabled person who lives in or near Bristol who has campaigned for the rights of Disabled people, or who has, by example, shown how Disabled people can play an active role in society.
Rowen Jade died in September 2010. She was a Disabled woman who worked tirelessly with and for Disabled people nationally and here in Bristol. Rowen was also a Forum Advisor, so we created this annual award in her memory.
The memorial bowl, engraved with the name of each year’s winner, will be presented at our AGM later this year.
Could it be you or someone you know this year?
To nominate someone for this award, please contact the Forum with the name of your nominee, a seconder and some information on what the person being nominated has done.
tel: 0117 914 0528
address: Bristol Disability Equality Forum, St Pauls Learning and Family Centre, 94 Grosvenor Road, Bristol BS2 8XJ
Nominations must reach the Forum by: Thursday 8 November
There are criteria for the award which we can send, on request.
We look forward to receiving your nominations!
1,000 days is a long time to wait when your safety is put at risk by dangerous pavement parking. By September, that’s exactly how long it will have been since the UK Parliament promised to find out how a new law on pavement parking would work.
In August, the Guide Dogs charity will be taking to the streets across the country to collect signatures for an open letter calling on the Government to end the thousand days of delay on pavement parking. Would you like to join them?
All you need is a spare a couple of hours on any day during 13-19 August and to sign up here to help in your local area.
Every day, thousands of people use public transport to get to work. However, people with hearing impairments face many barriers that can make travel by public transport difficult, or even impossible.
As part of her Masters programme in Transport Planning at the University of Leeds, Liliana W.Jonni is looking for participants to take part in a short survey. The survey includes questions about the transport difficulties faced by people with a hearing impairment and the extent to which transport creates problems in relation to employment or employability.
If you are able to support Liliana’s work by completing the survey it would be much appreciated. You can find it here: https://bit.ly/2tnUSKX
The Government is facing a legal challenge to restore the Access to Elected Office fund (AEOF) which helps Deaf and Disabled candidates, of all parties, with the extra costs of standing for election. The legal challenge is being brought by 3 Disabled would-be MPs from 3 different parties and is being supported by the cross-party campaign group More United.
There are over 13.9 million Disabled people in the UK, that’s 21% of the British population. Fair and accurate representation of all demographics is an essential part of any healthy democracy. However, just 5 Disabled MPs were elected to the House of Commons at General election 2017. Together, they make up less than 1% of Parliament.
A major reason for the under-representation of Disabled people in Parliament is the additional financial barriers faced by Disabled candidates when seeking to stand for election. The AEOF was set up in 2012 to allow Disabled candidates to campaign on an equal footing to their non-disabled counterparts. The fund offered grants between £250 and £40,000 to cover extra costs such as BSL interpreters, assistive technology or extra transport.
But in 2015 the government froze the fund and it was put ‘under review’. Three years on, there are still no plans to restore the fund, despite a recommendation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) for it to be restored. Without the financial support provided by the AEOF, many Disabled would-be MPs are effectively prevented from standing for election.
Now more than ever, Disabled people’s voices need to be heard. If there are not enough Disabled MPs who truly understand the barriers and discrimination we face, decisions will continue to be made against our interests. The recent cuts to Personal Independence Payments, the narrowing of social care criteria and the closure of the Independent Living Fund demonstrate this.
Standing for election should be accessible for all. The AEOF must be restored to level the playing field and allow more Disabled candidates to stand for election. Please join Labour’s Emily Brothers, Liberal Democrat David Buxton, the Green Party’s Simeon Hart and More United in their call for the Government to reopen the fund.
Join the campaign and sign the petition here: https://www.moreunited.uk/restore-the-fund
Inclusion Southmead is a friendly group of Disabled and non-disabled residents, working to make Southmead inclusive and accessible for everyone.
We are working with Bristol Disability Equality Forum and The Care Forum on a number of issues, including a lack of access to some of Southmead’s shops, parks and services.
At the top of our current list is access to McColl’s Newsagents and Post Office in Arnside. Although the shop has double doors, these are locked. The only way to get into the shop and Post Office is through a single heavy door, which has a step. There are also displays and shelving blocking access in the shop. This means that some wheelchair users, and other Disabled people are often left outside, whatever the weather. Disabled and older residents have also told us that they have been forced to rely on family or friends to do their shopping, pay their rent or do their Post Office banking for them.
We do not think this is acceptable. All residents should have equal access and choices, no one should be excluded from such an important service in our community.
We have written twice to McColl’s asking for something to be done. After several months we were told that McColl’s had done a site survey, and then put an ‘ask for assistance’ sign and a bell outside of the shop. However, the bell is too high for some to reach, and this had made some people feel even more frustrated and left-out.
McColl’s also said that they cannot do anything in the ‘immediate future’ due to ‘planning consent’. However, Equality law means that businesses must think in advance about what Disabled people need to use their services, and we know that other McColl’s branches are not accessible, including the recently refurbished branch at Pen Park.
So, Inclusion Southmead has decided to hold an ‘Access For All Day’ (A4A) outside McColl’s Arnside on Saturday 21st April, from 11am to 1pm.
We will be asking people to sign a petition to help raise these issues and get Access For All. Please come along, we plan to make this into a fun event for all. We will be there come rain or shine, please join us!
We are also talking to the Council and other groups about the lack of access to Doncaster Park, so that Disabled people no longer have to wait outside whilst their children and grandchildren are playing inside. We want all residents, of all ages, to be able to enjoy Southmead’s parks and community space.
Paid Artist Open Call
Deadline: 7th April 2018
Tempting Failure are back, and thrilled to launch their open call for applications to their 7th year of performance art and noise.
TF18 will be the first event in their new biennial format and will take place from 9th – 22nd July in and around Croydon, South London.
Tempting Failure’s open call is your chance to get involved – it’s open to artists from anywhere in the world, at all stages of their careers and they are interested in work from live performance, noise/sound, and fine art disciplines.
They additionally invite applications from artists with experiences or responses to refugee crisis or mental health and they welcome applications from disabled/neurodiverse artists.
As always, Tempting Failure is dedicated to radical, transgressive and under-represented work that explores risk and challenges preconceptions. Find out more about them and the work they programme.
Their provocation for 2018 is Fractured Bodies. We welcome diverse, immediate, radical, philosophical, inventive, political, abstract and urgent responses to this theme.
A Disabled people’s organisation has warned that the proposals for who can stay in the UK after Brexit completely ignores Disabled people and their family carers.
Disire — the Disabled people’s organisation (DPO) of Disabled UK residents from other countries — made the following statement about the recent EU-UK Joint Report :
“For Disabled EU citizens and carers, the EU-UK deal is a disappointment. Not all Disabled people are able to work, or work enough, and so they sometimes do not meet the criteria for permanent residence. Carers of Disabled people, who care for their (often British) relatives also cannot apply for a permanent residence card because the Home Office does not consider them to be “working”.
“The newly proposed settled status is still based on the criteria of exercising the EU treaty rights. (This means) People who want to apply must show they have worked, have been self-employed, have studied or have been self-sufficient for five years.
“Disire believes that Disabled people and carers play a vital role in Britain and should not be prevented from getting permanent residence or settled status. Theresa May has promised not to split up families. Disabled people have families too. Disabled people and carers must not be left behind when developing a new status for EU citizens.
“Disire is disappointed that the EU-UK deal does not mention of Disabled people and carers or other suppressed groups who cannot and will not fulfil the criteria for the proposed settled status.
“We ask the European Union negotiators and the UK government to urgently ensure that any new arrangements regarding the right to stay in the UK for EEA citizens does not discriminate against Disabled people, their families and carers.
“Any new arrangements and rights must have Disabled people and their families in mind. That means any new status, rights or arrangements need to have provisions for Disabled people who cannot fulfil the requirements due to their impairment, illness or condition.
“If necessary, people with carers’ duties must also have provisions made for them if these duties prevent them from meeting the requirements. These provisions are important to meet the legal requirements of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the UK Equality Act 2010 and other laws.”
(Disire, December 2017)