Now in its 6th year, York Disability Week (26th November to 3rd December), which includes UN International Day of Disabled People on 3rdDecember, offers something for all. Almost all events are free to attend.
Spread the Word!
There’s an inclusive poetry evening, an intriguingly named ‘Can-do-Disco’, a sensory story-telling session for children and a social/advocacy session for people with learning disabilities.
Talks include how better to include disabled people in discussions about ‘green’ issues/actions; techniques and resources for living with hearing loss; and finding fulfilment when living with fatigue.
Those looking for fresh air and company have a choice of two slower paced walks suitable for those using wheelchairs or mobility aids.
Some readers might welcome learning about what York Disability Rights Forum has been doing at their first ever AGM, or about services to help with driving or making use of E-audio books through the library. There’s an event for unpaid carers too, focussed on planning for their future.
Art exhibitions are running at York Hospital, and York Explore library where there is also an exhibition of 20 years in photos and easy read of York People First self- advocacy group for people with learning difficulties.
Sessions aimed at businesses and services include: making their websites more accessible for disabled people; improving staff awareness; and lowering the barriers to employing disabled people. And there is a return of the popular workshop for anyone wanting to develop or improve their skills in sign supported communication.
The ongoing challenges of Covid-19 together with the ban on people using their blue badge to get into the city centre during the daytime means that many events are online or held outside the city centre.
PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE