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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

 

 

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.