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AGM 2020

19 August, 6 pm, via Zoom

This year we plan to hold our AGM via Zoom, as it is unlikely that we will be able to meet face-to-face. It will take place on 19 August at 6 pm. The agenda will include approving the annual report and accounts.

Following that Esther Leighton will speak about Disability Equality in Lockdown, with time for discussion.

If you wish to attend, please let me know. I will send you the Zoom link, the agenda and papers as they become available. I am arranging STTR (speech to text reporting) to ensure those with hearing loss can take part.

I hope that Zoom may enable more Friends to attend – no travelling! More information to follow.

Gill, Co-Clerk, QDEG

quakerdisabilityequality@quaker.org.uk

Talking Friends provides audio versions of The Friend and Friends Quarterly, to Friends and others with sight loss. The Association is looking for a visually impaired committee member as Alan Johnson is standing down after many years. The Committee meets four times a year – three times by Skype, and then at the Priory Rooms, Bull Street, Birmingham, for the AGM, usually in April or May. There are funds available for travel expenses and subsistence.

Please contact Alan at info@talkingfriends.org.uk if you want more information.

QDEG at YM 2019

QDEG will be present in force at Yearly Meeting 2019, 24 to 27 May at Friends House.

Join us at 12:30 pm on Sunday for “Including everyone: disabled Friends speak out” in the George Fox Room.

Listen to our experience. Four Friends with a variety of disabilities will talk about how they are enabled to participate in the life of their Quaker meeting, and what barriers they experience to full involvement. There will be time for questions and discussion.

The George Fox Room is upstairs but there are lifts, including one suitable for wheelchairs. We will have speech-to-text software.

Again on Sunday, we will have a stall at the Groups Fair, from 6:15 pm onwards.

And, finally, our member, Shirley Torrens, will be speaking at one of the parallel sessions on Saturday at 2:15 pm. Details are still being worked out, but will be sent to all Friends registered for Yearly Meeting.

Yearly Meeting 2019’s focus on privilege and how that affects our ability to act on our urgent Quaker concerns, including inclusion and diversity, makes our contributions especially relevant.

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