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Unify and Progress: Disability Equality session

  • Theatre Royal Stratford East Gerry Raffles Square London E15 1BN (map)

Wednesday 17 January: 3pm to 5pm and 6pm to 8pm

These sessions are a brief introduction to Disability Equality and are designed to be of real practical use.  They are for everyone wanting to know more about ways of removing obstacles for disabled and Deaf people and for disabled and Deaf people who are unclear about how to talk about their requirements and the way they work.

We’ll look at the Social Model of Disability, the legal framework (briefly) and aspects of language and terminology.   You’ll have opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues that are important to you as well as be able to come away with practical strategies.

Each session's content is the same - we are offering two to encourage wider participation - so choose your preferred start time, 3pm or 6pm, when booking.  Please note that a BSL interpreter will be present for the session running 6pm to 8pm.

The space is fully accessible.  The sessions have been developed as part of mentoring programme, Unify and Progress (UP). Unify and Progress (UP) has been funded by Arts Council England. UP has been created by Penny Pepper, supported by Kate Lovell & Theatre Royal Stratford East, producer Renaissance One, PR Laura Horton.

Tickets are free, book here   Twitter #UPwriters

Disabled and Black and Minority Ethnic applicants are encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented within the literature and arts sectors.  Each session is the same - to encourage wide participation - choose your preferred time when booking.

About the Trainer: Michèle Taylor works as Director for Change for Ramps on the Moon. This is the Arts Council Funded consortium aiming to change the theatre sector by bringing more Deaf and disabled people into the sector and making them more visible.  Michèle has more than 25 years experience working in arts and heritage, focusing particularly on disability issues, and a background in professional theatre.  She is a Registered Member of the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals, and a qualified psychotherapist and coach.  Michèle’s practice works at the edge where disability and ‘the mainstream’ meet.

About the Project’s Creator, Penny Pepper: a versatile writer and poet, Penny Pepper’s current work, a memoir, First in the World Somewhere, charts an extraordinary life in the 80s music scene as a disabled punk. She writes for the Guardian and guests on TV & radio.