Press Release:  #PurpleLightUp for International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3rd December 2018

Purple Light Up

Museums and Heritage Organisations, have you, or are you, developing inclusive practice in your museum, art gallery or heritage organisation in 2018? Have you increased access or inclusive practice in your organisation in 2018?  Tell us about it on 3rd December 2018.

Join us and colleagues across the world to mark the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December 2018.  It’s now a globally recognised date to celebrate and empower disabled people.  It’s time to be part of the #PurpleLightUp powered by our colleagues at PurpleSpace, to raise and rally awareness for a global call to action.

Why does this matter?

Over 1 billion people in the world have some form of disability, that’s 1 in 7. It can affect any of us at any time in our lives. In a growing global movement, over 160 countries have signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. But there’s still more to be done. True inclusion comes from a world that accepts all human difference, where people demand their voices to be heard.

What can you do?

Tell us at the Disability Co-operative Network (@museumDCN) what you have done in recognition of the importance of inclusive practice in Heritage by heading over to the #PurpleLightUp pledge page and let us (via info@musedcn.org.uk) and PurpleSpace know you are taking part on 3rd December and allows us to give you a roll call shout out on the website.

Mark this event by:

  • Wearing purple in your organisation.
  • Join our friends by lighting your building purple.
  • Display purple bunting in your museum café or shop.
  • If you are serving cakes or food – go purple with icing.
  • Use the hashtag #PurpleLightUp on social media on 3rd December to tell us at @museumDCN about what you organisation is doing and what you are doing as an organisation to be more inclusive.

Email us what you are doing via info@musedcn.org.uk for the day.

What happened in 2017?

In 2017, our colleagues at PurpleSpace reported that:

  • 56 organisations across 66 countries recognised #PurpleLightUp and used the colour purple to build community around #IDPD
  • This celebration and social media support spanned individuals and organisations in countries such as Peru, Singapore, UK, US and beyond
  • 355,275 people were reached through Thunderclap
  • #PurpleLightUp trended on Twitter with in excess of 133,000 impressions

What people did:

  • Buildings were illuminated
  • Flags were flown
  • Websites were branded
  • Lapel pins and lanyards were introduced
  • Blogs and Vlogs where shared
  • Employees resource guides for allies and senior champions
  • where launched
  • Our personal stories elevated a positive narrative
  • Shoes, ties and socks went purple… and dogs wore bows!

For Further Information:

For any further information, contact Becki Morris via info@musedcn.org.uk

 

 

 

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