Join us for a free event hosted by the Disability Cooperative Network for Museums (DCN) and the Natural History Museum.
Date: 06 September 2018 Time: 10.00 to 13.30
Location: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
Disability Confident is a government scheme that is designed to help organisations recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent. Currently only a small number of museums have signed up to Disability Confident, this event is to support those in the museum sector who are interested in what the scheme entails.
During the event we will:
- explore the benefits of being a Disability Confident employer.
- examine the Disability Confident journey through case studies from the Tate and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
- explore barriers and solutions to becoming a Disability Confident employer: from the perspectives from an employer and employee.
Outcomes you will take away from the event:
- Have a better understanding of Disability Confident scheme
- Enable your museum to become a Disability Confident employer
- Develop an action plan of where to start
- Develop a peer to peer support network
Who should attend?
This event is aimed at decision makers (managers, officers, HR, directors etc.) working in museums who are interested in access and inclusion of disabled people in the workplace.
How to book? https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-is-a-disability-confident-museum-tickets-46532142892
Please note places are limited so booking as early as possible is advisable. There is a limit to two people per organisation. Stagetext will be provided. The venue is accessible.
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There has been a great deal of discussion about banning single use plastic straws to reduce waste and toxins in our seas and oceans leading to environmental pollution. A number of heritage organisations are now replacing plastic straws with paper straws in their cafes due to this reason.
By removing plastic straws we are excluding disabled people from being able to drink independently in our museum cafes. Is this fair to exclude people, when there are other causes (wrapping, bags) too?
So, can we work together so our journals and magazines don’t arrive on our doorsteps wrapped in plastic?
Or can these be available online instead of printed?
For our meetings and conferences, can we print less?
Museum cafes have plastic straws available on request for people who need them.
Tourettes Hero, Jess Thom has written two excellent blog articles on the need for plastic straws in her day to day life.
Link: https://www.touretteshero.com/2018/03/19/the-straw-fan/ (read this article first)
Link: https://www.touretteshero.com/2018/07/11/ineedstraws/ (second article)
Penny Pepper, writer and Disability Activist has written for the Guardian on how plastic straws are vital to her and other disabled people.
BBC: Plastic straw ban disadvantages disabled people, says Paralympian
Have you written a blog on how banning plastic straws will effect you? Do let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org
Jess Starns, founder of ‘Dyspraxic Me’ a charity for young adults with dyspraxia. Jess is currently completing Inclusive Arts Practice MA at the University of Brighton.
From 15th October- 26th November 2018 Jess shall be delivering her research project. Jess’ Masters is arts based and shall be using art as a way together data and discussions responding to her research question.
The research question is:
How should we interpret and curate the history of labelling people with specific learning difficulties (neurodiversity)?
Jess is currently looking for a maximum of 10 participants to work with her as a group and being involved in the
arts-based research. The research is for participants who define themselves as having a specific learning difficulty (neurodiversity) for example dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ADHD, ASD and autism.
The research will take place over 7 sessions. From 15th October till 25th November for 7 weeks.
The research will take place at the:
Free Space Project, Kentish Town Health Centre, 2 Bartholomew Road, London NW5 2BX.
Apart from the 2nd session on Tuesday 23rd October will take place at:
The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, Kings Cross, London NW1 2BE.
Each session will last for 3 hours from 11am till 1.30pm.
What is the purpose of the study/project?
The purpose and aims of the study are:
- The research will start conversations through learning about neurodiversity history by exploring archives, newspaper articles and museum objects, reflecting on their own personal experiences, in comparison to, and informed by, archive items at the Wellcome Collection. Learning what is important to the neurodiverse community when telling the history of labelling people with learning difficulties including charitable, medical, educational and personal narratives.
- Discuss how to tell an unbiased narrative through historical accounts and personal experiences.
- The terminology to use when talking about neurodiversity, the history of classifying people with learning difficulties, challenge prejudice views, to think about why there is a focus on ‘curing’, exploring current attitudes and how we portray neurodiversity in the media.
- Through the research I would hope to find out for museums and collections what’s important to the neurodiverse community when telling the history of labelling people with learning difficulties? Through the charitable, medical, educational and personal narratives.
Please let Jess know if you have any questions or would like to find out more about the research.
If you are interested and would like to know more information please contact Jess via her university email address: Jas35@brighton.ac.uk