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Notes from Melanie Jamesons’ talk

Notes from Melanie Jamesons’ talk : ‘Difference’, ‘Diversity’, ‘Disability’, ‘Impairment’, ‘Equality’

Melanie is Chair of the Dyslexia Adult Network, sits on the Westminster Commission on Recruitment and Dyslexia/ND and has long worked for ‘Learning Difficulties’ to be taken into account throughout the criminal justice system. She is increasingly finding the need to link with other disability groups in order to make our joint voice louder and finds that the Quaker testimony to equality and our long history of criminal justice reform underpins her work.

Quaker Disability Equality Group 2017 AGM and open meeting to be held during Yearly Meeting Gathering

Our AGM will be followed by a talk by Melanie Jameson. Melanie is Chair of the Dyslexia Adult Network, sits on the Westminster Commission on Recruitment and Dyslexia/ND and has long worked for ‘Learning Difficulties’ to be taken into account throughout the criminal justice system. She is increasingly finding the need to link with other disability groups in order to make our joint voice louder and finds that the Quaker testimony to equality and our long history of criminal justice reform underpins her work.

Melanie will talk about ‘Difference’, ‘Diversity’, ‘Disability’, ‘Impairment’, ‘Equality’: terms that are now used in self-advocacy groups, support networks and by government. Terminology and language are important but substance even more so.

How will the government’s Improving Lives agenda advance our causes?

Is government still aiming to ‘Halve the Disability Employment Gap’?

What changes are taking place at grass roots level?

We hope to explore some of these issues in this session.

Day: Thursday, 3rd August

Time: 14:30 – 15:50

Venue: Warwick University, Humanities Building, Room 1.48

‘Doing Quaker Theology’

The theme of this Woodbrooke course is identity – including, among other aspects, ability and disability.

Friday 26 May 2017 – Sunday 28 May 2017

The aim is to create a bridge between Quaker thought and academic theology. Our theme asks: how does your identity – as a person with gender, sexuality, class, race, (dis)ability – affect your understanding of God? How can feminist and other liberation theologies enhance our relationship with the Mystery?

To find out more, please go to: https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/courses.php?action=course&id=11420

 

 

Yearly Meeting Gathering at Warwick University, 29 July to 5 August 2017

QDEG members look forward to meeting up at Warwick.

We will be holding our AGM as part of one of the afternoon sessions – date to be confirmed.

Helen Cherry has been appointed as the Accessibility Officer for the Gathering. Do e-mail Helen (triggers link to e-mail) if you have any queries about access issues.

You can find some information about access on the Gathering web page: http://www.quaker.org.uk/ym/accessibility (opens in a new window/tab).

If you request a mobility scooter you will be asked to provide a couple of other bits of information:

  • Your weight. Whilst we appreciate this is a personal question it is a safety requirement to ensure the best scooter is allocated.
  • Have used any mobility scooters in past. This is to gauge familiarity in use e.g. first time user or more advanced. Again this is a safety matter to best meet your needs when organising safe use of scooter.

The campus is fairly flat. The Warwick University Campus Map 2107 (opens in a new window/tab) shows the estimated times/distances from the buildings we are using to Warwick Arts Centre, the main meeting venue and may help you to decide if you a need mobility scooter.

It is hoped to schedule a pick up drop off service using golf buggies or a mini bus. This is in discussion with the university and has NOT been confirmed. If it is something that you would use if available, please e-mail Helen (triggers link to e-mail).

Helen Cherry at: access@quaker.org.uk

2016 AGM and Yearly Meeting

We were please to see a few new faces at our AGM. We had a lot of visitors to our stall at the Yearly Meeting Groups Fair. A good opportunity to talk to friends and exchange ideas and information.

The AGM minutes are on the members page.

If you have any questions do please get in touch.

QDEG at Woodbrooke

QDEG at Woodbrooke (posted 17th December 2015)   Bob 2

 

Several members of QDEG attended the recent development weekend for Woodbrooke associate tutors. The weekend focussed on making Woodbrooke’s learning accessible to all. We were delighted that the main plenary session was about a taking personalised approach to inclusion. This was followed by a choice of workshops, two of which were led by QDEG where we used scenarios to explore ways to plan an inclusive programme which can be flexible on the day.

 

 

 

The QDEG committee met at Lancaster Meeting House on 4th November 2015

Website

We continue to work on our website developing the news pages, committee profiles and improving the graphics   We agree to develop a personal stories page sharing personal narratives of being a Quaker with a disability

AGM May 2016

We are planning our AGM which will be during Yearly Meeting 27 – 30 May 2016   We have asked for a room for the AGM on either Saturday or Sunday at 12 30 and a stall at the Groups Fair on Sunday evening

When we get confirmation of the rooms available we will be in touch with the details

Woodbrooke

Following our correspondence with Woodbrooke we heard that they are working on making other versions of their brochure available.  They have used our feedback to improve the access request section of their standard booking form

Some QDEG members have contributed to Woodbrooke’s survey about their online learning courses

The associate tutor development weekend from 11 – 13 December will include a focus on    “Accessibility for All”     Two of our committee members will be running 2 workshops on Access and Inclusion on the Saturday afternoon    We are pleased that associate tutors are encouraged and equipped to consider inclusivity in the planning and development of All courses

 

 

 

 

 

News from your committee October 2015

Over the past year …

We responded to the BYM Long Term Framework consultation for 2015-2020 by focusing on the need to make the testimony to equality a reality in the life and work of the Society.  Read our response here: QDEG’s response to ‘The Way Ahead’

Two of our committee members are also on the BYM pastoral care group and helped to advise on accessibility issues for Friends attending Yearly Meeting at the newly refurbished Friends House in London in May 2015. They are already involved in preparations for the Yearly Meeting Gathering to be held in Warwick 2017.

We met with Sandra Berry and Staff at Woodbrooke to discuss making the courses and facilities more accessible. Woodbrooke are committed to improving access for all as far as possible within the limitations of older buildings and allowing for differing needs.

We are continuing to develop our website and welcome suggestions for articles on disability issues which are particularly relevant to Quakers.

We are working on guidelines for including Friends with sensory impairment.

We will hold our AGM at Yearly Meeting 2016.   Put the date in your diary.   It is a good opportunity to meet other interested Friends and hear about our work

Further details will be posted on our website when they are available.

Liz Anderton and Jackie Fowler, co-clerks

 

 

 

 

News – December 2014

Disability Welfare Reform – Psychological Firewalls

This excellent new article by Nuala Watt has been added to our resources page. It is well worth a read and may be useful for campaigners and those who want to express their own situations more clearly.

News from your committee December 2014

We hope you will be interested to hear about some of the things that your committee is working on at the moment:

  • Work is in progress to improve the design of our website.
  • We hope to contribute advice and suggestions to make the planned Directory of BYM services for local meetings as accessible as possible.
  • We are thinking about how to make best use of the skills and experience of members who would like to contribute to the work of QDEG.
  • In January we are holding a special committee meeting to discuss the Long Term Framework. We will be sending a response from QDEG to the Meeting for Sufferings Consultation on the BYM Long-term Framework for 2015-2020.

In friendship,

Liz Anderton, co-clerk