A Group of Geography Students Need You!

A group of geography students from the University are exploring the topic of disability in Bristol, and they want your help.  

They will be focusing on two specific areas:

1.      Exploring the mobility issues and challenges Disabled people with mobility difficulties (visible and hidden) face in their everyday lives around the city of Bristol.

2.      The impact of these challenges and whether these people feel physically, mentally or socially excluded as a result.

 The project task:

The students want to find out:

To what extent Bristol is a disabling city?

How might the spaces and places within Bristol shape how Disabled people see themselves (and are seen or not seen by others)?

Whether the city is encountered differently by people with impairments and long-term conditions, and in what ways?

How is physical difference included within, or excluded from (either implicitly or explicitly), the city?

Are some kinds of impairment or long term condition more readily accommodated than others within Bristol?

Who are they looking for?3 icons, representing: one walking stick user; one wheelchair user; and one vision impaired person.

One of the students, Will Greenslade said,

“We would like to speak to people who have faced … (mobility difficulties) and we would ideally like to conduct our meeting face-to-face.  We are very happy to chat in an informal environment or in the form of a focus group, whichever is preferable for the interviewee.  We would like to speak to 2 or 3 of your members and if possible to a member of your staff.  Their input will be used for our project (see below) for us to explore these challenges people with … (mobility difficulties) face.  We would ideally like to arrange a meeting close to 15th January 2020 (but not before).

Our timescale for our project – we have two weeks commencing on the 13th January to gather data and finalise an 8,000 word report.  We will then be presenting our findings on the 13th February 2020 to our lecturers and a number of students.”

These are the city planners of tomorrow so would you like to help them be inclusive ones? 

If so:

telling us your name and your contact details, and giving us permission to pass your information on to the students. 

Don’t forget to ask for all information on how you will be treated, how they will protect your protection and how they will make sure all interviews will be kept confidential – before you agree to be interviewed.

International Day of Disabled People 2019

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