Oral History Training/Volunteering opportunity: History of Place Project

History of Place is offering a day of oral history training at M Shed Bristol on 30th January, followed by flexible opportunities to volunteer until April, taking oral histories of disabled people in Bristol.

Full details here:


Do pass this on to people who might like to take part – everyone is welcome, and we hope participants will pick up some useful transferable skills.

There’s also a HOP newsletter, which will carry events and further exhibition openings over the next few months – you can sign up at the top or bottom of the page here: http://historyof.place/events/

NEWS Update: Westminster AchieveAbility Commission (WAC) on recruitment and neurodivergence

For World Dyslexia Day (5 October) and Dyslexia Awareness Week (2 – 8 October), Westminster AchieveAbility Commission (WAC) have produced a media release which has important information for dyslexic and other neurodiverse adults in the workplace.

The Media Release outlines the key findings of the two WAC surveys and the four evidence sessions and flags up the fuller report to be launched in January 2018.  The full report will outline a series of recommendations in line with the key findings.

WAC Media Release 2017

For further information regarding the work of WAC please see http://bit.ly/2yX1sK5

Consultation Opportunity (Questionnaire) Dyslexia and the Impact of Managerial Practices Research

Disability Co-operative Network


I’m trying to determine whether or not there is a relationship between managerial practices, and the impact on people with dyslexia regarding employment stability.

The study involves the completion of a short questionnaire which is available online and will take approximately 40 minutes to complete. Please click on the web link below to take part in the online questionnaire.

Link – https://stirling.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/dyslexia-and-the-impact-of-managerial-practice-research

Secondly in-depth interviews are available for anyone who would like to contribute further to the research and should last approximately two hours.

If you would like to participate in an interview and want to find out more, please email me at: dps00002@students.stir.ac.uk

The deadline is 19th July 2017.

Many thanks

Dean Smith

University of Stirling

Signly – a great app for sign language


Signly is an app which displays pre-recorded sign language videos on a user’s mobile, enabling better access to written content for d/Deaf sign language users.  Signly can be used for trails, posters, leaflets and forms.

Information regarding the app and links are here  https://signly.co/



NEWS: Reimagining the neurodiverse performance space – participants required

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry

Culture Coventry are looking for participants in the following project:


Neuroaesthetics explores the synergy between the needs and interests of neurodiverse audiences, with the fascinations and performance modes utilised by live artists. Working in collaboration with young people who are largely non-verbal, with severe needs, the artists will be challenged to find meaningful points of collaboration, and together radically re-imagine the neurodiverse performance space.

Each artist will explore and reconfigure their distinct practice in this highly unpredictable, ‘extra live’ context with the support and guidance of the two lead artists. It is anticipated that seeing their work through this new lens and receiving unmediated audience responses will provoke rich new creative lines of enquiry.

Neuroaesthetics looks to challenge ideas of risk in a highly safeguarded area of work, and dismantle the idea of a fixed a ‘disabled theatre’ aesthetic to make way for new possibilities of making performance for and with this often sidelined group of individuals.

Application and further details:

Applications are open for artists to take park in the project this October.
The deadline for applications is Mon 19 June at 12noon.
Further details including how to apply are here:


PRESS RELEASE : New boat for Para-Rowers at Marlow named after Rivertime Boat Trust co-founder Pat Davis

"Rivertime Pat" Boat Naming

Rivertime Boat Trust LogoA donation of £2,500 from the Shanly Foundation has supported the purchase of a new boat for the Para-Rowers at Marlow Rowing Club. At a naming ceremony, organised by the Club on Sunday 7 May 2017, the Shanly Foundation unveiled the name for the boat. Inspired by one of the founders of the Rivertime Boat Trust the Shanly Foundation has decided to name the boat after Pat Davis. Pat set up the charity in 2006 and has provided memorable experiences for over 15,000 disabled and disadvantaged children and adults on the Thames so far.

The Rivertime Boat Trust is also staging the first ever Rivertime Accessible Regatta on the 14th June. With Marlow Rowing Club actively supporting the regatta it will showcase a wide variety of accessible activities on both water and land for children and young people with disabilities in the Thames Valley.

The donation for the new boat comes just in time for the Paralympic development scheme – a British Rowing initiative with Marlow Rowing Club to encourage more disabled individuals to get involved with Para-Rowing and step up to an elite level.

“We are thrilled to have been able to make this donation towards the new para-rowing boat at Marlow Rowing Club” comments Tamra Booth, trustee of the Shanly Foundation, who have sponsored both the Marlow Rowing Club and Rivertime Boat Trust. “This is an exciting time for the club, having been selected as hosts for the new Paralympic development scheme.”

Rivertime Pat naming ceremony (l-r) Richard Buckeridge, Marlow Rowing Club Member, Pat Davis, Rivertime Boat Trust co-founder, Jonathan Walne, Marlow Rowing Club Captain; credit MRC
Rivertime Pat naming ceremony (l-r) Richard Buckeridge, Marlow Rowing Club Member, Pat Davis, Rivertime Boat Trust co-founder, Jonathan Walne, Marlow Rowing Club Captain; credit MRC

“We wanted to name the boat after Pat who has, together with her husband Simon, made such a difference in the community and dedicated so much time to ensuring everyone, no matter how impossible it may seem, can enjoy life on the river. Pat’s cruises continue to be a highlight for many disabled people, young and old, so we thought it extremely fitting to recognise her achievements with her very own boat.”

Pat Davis, co-founder of the Rivertime Boat Trust says “It is a great honour to have this new boat named after me and the Rivertime Boat Trust. I am delighted to see that others also recognise the work we have done with the Trust over the last ten years in opening up the River Thames to the less able.”

Jonathan Walne, captain of Marlow Rowing Club, adds: “The adaptive rowing squad is an important part of our activities here at Marlow: the athletes make an enthusiastic contribution to club life, and have already achieved success at local, national and international level. We are very grateful for the continuing support from the Shanly Foundation, which will help the group grow and prosper. We look forward to more success from our athletes in the years ahead.

For further information on the Shanly Foundation and the causes it supports, please visit: www.shanlyfoundation.com



For further information, interview requests, or images please contact Firebird PR:

T: 01235 835 297/ 07977 459 547

E: enquiries@firebirdpr.co.uk



  • Part of the Shanly Group of companies, The Shanly Foundation is the Group’s charitable arm established by founder and owner, Michael Shanly.
  • Financed entirely by the profits generated by the Shanly Group of companies, The Foundation has to-date donated over £10m to thousands of local community groups and charitable organisations to provide support and improve the quality of life for those most in need.
  • Other companies within the Group are Shanly Homes, Sorbon Estates and Shanly Partnership Homes specialising in commercial and residential property development, ownership and asset management across London and the South East.




  • The Rivertime Boat Trust offers disabled and disadvantaged children and adults the opportunity to get out on the River Thames between Windsor and Oxford on their specially constructed boat. The Trust is a charity registered with the Charity Commission.
  • On 14 June 2017, the Rivertime Boat Trust and Give Them a Sporting Chance will stage the first Rivertime Accessible Regatta in the Thames Valley for children and young people with disabilities.
  • The Rivertime Accessible Regatta will be held at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Berkshire and will include competitive bell boating, accessible sailing, wheelchair powerboating and canoeing, as well as a selection of land-based sports such as accessible cycling and chair basketball.
  • For more information, visit www.rivertimeboattrust.org.uk

Event: From Individual to Infrastructure: Enabling Success for Adults with Dyslexia

From Individual to Infrastructure - Flier - click to download PDF
From Individual to Infrastructure – Flier – click to download PDF

Enabling Success for Adults with Dyslexia is a conference by the British Dyslexia Association with Dyslexia STEM, kindly hosted by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), Friday, 28 April 2017 in Watford.

This conference will explore how individuals can acquire the characteristics that successful individuals with dyslexia or related conditions, share. It will also look at how networks and groups, organisations and infrastructure can encourage and inspire success. There will be speakers and case studies throughout.

Keynote speakers include:

Professor Amanda Kirby who has developed the Do It Profiler, a super screener with resources for adults. Prof. Kirby will be able to tell us about its use in many workplaces creating research findings on literally thousands of adults with dyslexia.

Margaret Malpas, MBE, Joint Chair of the B.D.A. and author of the new book “Self Fulfilment with Dyslexia: A Blueprint for Success” which is being published in all English speaking countries on 21 February. The book describes the ten characteristics, underpinned by research, that successful dyslexic adults, share. “Dyslexia won’t stop you from writing your own success story. Approach the obstacles of dyslexia pro-actively, and unlock your potential with this inspiring step by step guide”.

Chris D’Souza – Chris is currently the BG Integration Programme Director at Shell. He has worked at Shell for 16 years in a number of global roles in operations and Information Technology. In 2016, together will colleagues from Shell’s enAble network and training from the BDA, he helped setup the Shell Dyslexia Mentoring programme, where he is a trained mentor.

This will be a very popular conference and we therefore encourage delegates to book now to secure your place by clicking on this link, or visiting the ‘Event’ section of the BDA website.

Location: BRE, Bucknalls Lane, Watford, WD25 9NH
Fee: £25 plus booking fee per participant
Queries: Phone – 0333 405 4565, Email – conference@bdadyslexia.org.uk


Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2018

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CALL FOR ARTISTS! Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year is looking artists to take part in the next series. Click on the link to apply and find out more (Deadline 3rdMarch 2017) https://www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv/portrait

Sky Arts Portrait Artist Flyer
Sky Arts Portrait Artist Flyer

You could win a £10,000 commission for a major British institution and £500 of art materials from Cass Art.

If you would like to watch Portrait Artist of The Year being filmed, heats will take place at The Wallace Collection in London, home to one of Europe’s finest art collections. They are open to the public and will record on the following dates in 2017: Wednesday 5th April, Thursday 6th April, Friday 7th April Monday 10th April, Tuesday 11th April, Wednesday 12th April


Research into Issues for Adults with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties ~ Margaret Malpas

Over the last 12 months, I have been conducting some pilot research to identify issues and experiences of adults with dyslexia or related specific learning difficulties (SpLD).  The aim was to use the pilot to discover which characteristics were helpful to adults with dyslexia and other SpLD. I anticipated that topics which were very relevant would appear and help shape more detailed research. However, the findings were so consistent and interesting that I decided to publish them and to use them as a basis for a book (“Self Fulflment with Dyslexia: A Blueprint for Success” available from 21 February 2017).  Here is the report on my findings.

Thank you

In total, 45 individuals have now completed the questionnaire. Thank you very much to all of you for taking the time and effort to fill it in.


I did a literature review of existing research on adults with dyslexia, excluding research on reading acquisition. The available research was not extensive but produced some interesting connections. In addition, having listened to many adults with dyslexia or a related condition, I was able to put together the questionnaire. The questionnaire is attached as an appendix at the end of this report.

The questionnaire has not been through an ethics review by a university but I did seek feedback from two senior academics.

Who Filled in the Questionnaire?

There were three groups who completed the questionnaire. The first group, of 15, were from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and locations. The second group were all individuals attending the B.D.A.’s International Conference in March 2016.  There were 17 respondents (2 were not dyslexic but were knowledgeable about dyslexia). This group of individuals were either academics or specialist dyslexia teachers with a lot of knowledge about dyslexia and SpLD. The third group of 13, were present at the B.D.A.’s AGM in November 2016. They are activists and want to help others with dyslexia, as is evident from their work as members of B.D.A. and its local associations.

The majority of respondents were aged over 35 years and many were over 50 years. This meant that they were able to take a long view, reflect on their life experiences over many years.

The questionnaire required mostly free format answers. This ensured that the individual is not led to answer but it also makes analysing the responses rather more difficult. So, it was necessary to accept some close synonyms. For example in the answering the first question “What do you put your key successes in life down to?” many people said “determination” but some said “persistence” and these answers are treated in the results as being under “determination”.


The answers given to each question are shown here.

  1. Key successes were ascribed to:
Group 1Group 2Group 3Total %
Determination8  (53%)10  (67%)6  (46%)56%
Empathetic6  (40%) 4  (27%)0  (0%)23%
Intelligence or particular ability0  (0)%) 4  (27%)6  (46%)23%
Motivated by helping others3  (20%) 5  (33%)0  (0%)19%
Supportive family4  (27%) 2  (1%)2  (15%)19%
Hard work0  (0%) 3  (20%)3  (23%)14%
Effective education0  (0%) 3  (20%)1  (8%)  9%
Wit4  (27%) 0  (0%)2  (15%)  6%

In analysing the three groups’ responses, we need to be aware that this is asking people to self-report and so, for example, I found that the second group (of academics) ascribed their success to a mixture of determination and hard work in a subject they were already good at. They also reported that their intelligence was a key element of their success and that this had nothing to do with their dyslexia. It was apparent, though, that having an effective education and particularly sympathetic teachers had, had a significant effect on this group compared with the first group. Interestingly, the controls also put down ‘determination’ and ‘hard work’ as their primary reasons for success. The third group had a number of self made individuals, including lawyers, politicians, consultants and nurses. This experience of making it despite difficulties at school came through very clearly.

It’s particularly useful to look at this data with the answers to question 4 “Do you believe your dyslexia/SpLD has bestowed certain abilities on you”.  In their replies to this question, there were even more individuals including determination, persistence and particular abilities. This will be discussed in more detail with the question 4 responses, below.

  1. Diagnoses of dyslexia/SpLD

I was interested to learn the proportion of individuals who had been formally diagnosed or had self diagnosed. Diagnoses of dyslexia/SpLD have increased as a consequence of better awareness in schools and especially the implementation of the Disabled Students Allowance scheme but are still low.

Group 1Group 2Group 3Total %
Diagnosed 12

Self-diagnosed 2

Diagnosed 11

Self-diagnosed 4

Diagnosed  7

Self diagnosed 6




  1. Perceived Levels of Self Esteem
Group 1Group 2Group 3
Range 5–10

Mode 8

Range 6–9

This group also reported variability according to recent experience

Range 4-10

Mode 8 (7 participants scored themselves at 8)

The majority of respondents reported high levels of self esteem. There did not seem to be a connection between whether they had received a formal diagnosis or were self diagnosed and their levels of esteem. However, there was a distinct relationship between those who later answered that they felt they had strengths because of their dyslexia/SpLD, and their levels of self esteem. Those reporting self esteem levels at 4 and 5 did not see dyslexia as conferring a benefit to them.

  1. Abilities and strengths Perceived to be from Dyslexia
Group 1Group 2Group 3Total
Number of respondents listing strengths 








Seeing big picture77544%
Atypical problem solving55330%
Data patterns2119%
Inspiring others3109%
Coping strategies1002%

 There is a need for interpretation on these figures.  There were some people who did not circle the “yes” but did list strengths, hence the row on those who listed strengths does not quite match the number in the “yes” row. There were 3 respondents who replied “no” but went on to list attributes which others considered strengths of dyslexia. These were determination and empathy with other dyslexic people. So we have 69% of respondents specifically saying they have strengths and abilities that arise through their dyslexia/SpLD.  There was very considerable overlap in the wording used by respondents to describe these abilities. This could in some cases be because some of the descriptors are ones used throughout the dyslexic community. However, the second part of the question asked for examples, and these firmly bore out these descriptions of strengths. Here are some examples of these which also demonstrate how some of these abilities were clustered using synonyms.

Atypical problem solving/ thinking outside the box/finding alternative approaches or solutions were exemplified by taking successful legal appeal cases with an alternative approach; complete post graduate degrees (against a poor literacy achievements at school); develop learning opportunities that suit the individual and overcome problems; develop a career based on problem solving and consultancy/ advisory work.

Creativity was mentioned a lot but in the context mainly of problem solving.

Determination, persistence, and grit came up repeatedly. In several instances these had not been mentioned as an answer to question 1 but were included here as one of the positive outcomes of dyslexia. Examples quoted for this included setting up and running a charity for 22 years; several people described completing post graduate degrees despite having severe literacy problems at school, and working in the professions.

Recognising patterns was another common theme which did not easily fit into being clustered. For some, it was about recognising patterns in data, for others it was about recognising patterns of behaviour, being able to read others; and for others, it was described as recognising connections between things that others have not seen.

  1. Challenges from Dyslexia


Group 1Group 2Group 3Total
Literacy12 (80%)8 (53%)13  (100%) 


Memory particularly affecting organisation5  (33%)10  (67%)6 (46%) 


Background distractions4  (27%)1 (7%)0 (0%)12%
Getting lost3 (20%)0  (0%)1 (8%)9%
Learning is difficult2  (13%)0  (0%)2 (15%)9%


Almost all the respondents wrote about their challenges. There was considerable consistency in the replies which can be seen above. In terms of literacy difficulties, the comments were mainly about slower reading speed, slower comprehension, and difficulties managing large tracts of reading material. Many respondents had trouble with confidence with spelling and quite a few commented that their writing was scruffy.

  1. The Effects of these Challenges on their Lives
Group 1Group 2Group 3Total
Considerable difficultiesMany0ManyMany
Relationship issues (personal and professional)91126%
Stress and health issues63021%
Lack of self-belief30212%

As the responses were freely worded, it wasn’t possible to calculate all the answers numerically. In some cases, it was necessary to take a qualitative approach and recognise that the lists of outcomes would create considerable difficulties at some point in the individual’s life. This is where the table shows “many”.  In all the other challenges the actual words used were counted and synonyms were not used here.

  1. Have you received individual support?
Group 1Group 2Group 3Total
Relative or spouse48540%
No one33526%
Dyslexia coach63123%
Network member33219%
Sympathetic teacher03416%
Sympathetic boss0205% 

Out of 45 total respondents, 37 individuals said they had received support from a particular individual. In the main, those who listed a family member spoke mostly about that person maintaining their self esteem. The support from professionals which included mentors at work and specialist dyslexia teachers or coaches was on the development of coping strategies.

  1. Disclosure
Group 1Group 2Group 3Total
Positive experience511140%
Negative experience40419%

Previous research has shown that disclosure often has not resulted in positive outcomes for the individual. We also see very low numbers of take up on schemes such as the Government’s Access to Work where disclosure to the employer is a requirement. This question was included in order to see if anything more could be learned in this area as it is critical in tackling discrimination at work. There were quite a few individuals who had not disclosed their dyslexia to an employer because they were self employed in this sample. There were also individuals who described two experiences of disclosure to an employer, frequently a bad and a good experience.

  1. What would you recommend to a young person?
Group 1Group 2Group 3Total
Learn coping strategies99249%
Look for things you are good at06628%
Take or ask for help34323%
Recognise you are different but not less worthy42219%
Don’t worry, it will all work out44019%
Develop a positive mindset05216%
Get a diagnosis early32114%

There was a lot of consistency in these answers. It was an interesting question to ask these respondents as most were at least middle aged and could look back over their lifetime with some distance on any emotions that dyslexia challenges had presented.  The answers were overwhelmingly positive in outlook.


I was surprised at the consistency of answers. This was not expected given that the questions were largely free format. There was also surprising consistency over the three different groups who were not chosen to be similar, other than their dyslexia/SpLD.

It’s quite clear from these responses that there are some significant themes. Determination, hard work, motivation and the encouragement of others all lead to successful life outcomes. Issues with literacy persist throughout life but can be improved by the use of assistive technology.

Lack of awareness in schools results in poorer literacy outcomes, lower achievement but also persistent bullying by staff as well as other pupils. This has lasting effects on individuals and can cause ill health.  Yet some individuals who were described as “thick” can use their determination to go on and achieve the highest academic levels.

Understanding that you are dyslexic be it through self awareness or a formal test is important to self esteem.

69% of these adults say they have strengths and abilities that are due to their different neurological condition, their dyslexia or SpLD. There are also some who do not attribute their determination or empathy directly to dyslexia but indicate that it is borne out of the experience of being dyslexic.

A detailed study of these responses together with the literature review undertaken, showed that there were ten characteristics which successful dyslexic adults often share. This has been made the subject of the book “Self Fulfilment with Dyslexia: A Blueprint for Success” by Margaret D. Malpas, MBE. It is being published on 21 February 2017 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. The book covers all ten characteristics and how to develop them, as well as case studies to illustrate each trait. All royalties have been donated to the B.D.A.

Appendix – Research Questionnaire into Issues for Adults with Dyslexia/SpLD

Margaret Malpas

January 2016

New resources links

Disability Co-operative Network

We have brought together a number of resources relating to inclusive practice.  Take a look at our new links, if you know of any or would like to contribute to our website please contact us.

Links page HERE or from main site’s menu.

Westminster AchieveAbility Commission into recruitment practice for dyslexic and neurodivergent people wants to hear from you.


Chaired by Barry Sheerman MP with Lord Addington as adviser, this Commission will investigate work related recruitment and build on existing research such as the recent ACAS report ‘Neurodiversity at Work’. The Commission will feed into the government goal of ‘Halving the Disability Employment Gap’ by 2020. As dyslexic people, and those who are neurodivergent, represent the highest percentage of adults who are disabled (British Dyslexia Association) this Commission is vital in order to represent the issues for this community, as well as revealing their intellect, value and strengths within the workplace. Continue reading Westminster AchieveAbility Commission into recruitment practice for dyslexic and neurodivergent people wants to hear from you.

State of Museum Access ~ Vocaleyes


Disability Co-operative Network welcomes this important report on the State of Access in Museums in the United Kingdom by Vocaleyes

We recognise with Vocaleyes there is some exciting and innovative work in museums, but there are still clear gaps to participation for disabled people, particularly people who are partially sighted or blind.
Some key figures from Vocaleyes report:

  • 27% of UK museums provide no access information on their website for disabled visitors planning a visit.
  • Only 30% of UK museums provide information on their website that would be useful for a blind or partially-sighted person planning a visit.
  • Only 18% of museums publicise labels or information for their exhibits in Large Print.
  • Only 10% of museums publicise live audio-described tours / handling sessions for blind and partially sighted visitors.
  • Only 5% are taking advantage of websites that provide detailed access audits such as DisabledGo.com and Euans’ Guide.

We are thrilled to be part of the accompanying guidelines to influence change positive change for inclusive practice in the UK Museums and Heritage Organisations. We warmly support museums in our work in becoming more accessible by sharing knowledge and developing strategies with the public, private and third sectors to break down barriers to service delivery and recruitment and retention of disabled workforce.

For further information on the State of Access in Museums Report (in different formats) and guidelines, link is here: http://vocaleyes.co.uk/state-of-museum-access-report-2016/

Press Release: Goldhay Arts Christmas Show

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Our group members have been working very hard on their Christmas Magic Show and have now set a date.  The show will be held on Tuesday, 6th December at 1.15pm here at the Cresset, Bretton Centre.  They will entertain the crown with a number of magic tricks plus a performance from our Monday morning singing group.

Tickets are now on sale and will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Goldhay Arts Christmas Show Poster
Goldhay Arts Christmas Show Poster

Download poster here: 2016-xmas-show-poster

Press Release: New Book – The Incorrigibles ~ DASH

The Incorrigibles: Perspectives on Disability Visual Arts in the 20th and 21st Centuries Book Cover

The Incorrigibles: Perspectives on Disability Visual Arts in the 20th and 21st Centuries


The drive to produce this book grew out of issues raised within two of DASH’s recent projects:

1: Awkward Bastards took place in March 2015, the first in a series of conferences bringing together an array of speakers – including historians, curators and artists – to discuss a wide range of ‘diversity’ issues.
One recurring theme within the conference was around the decision, both historically and now, to self-identify (or not) as a ‘Disabled’ or ‘black’ or ‘queer’ artist. The positive and negative implications of doing so, and what these implications still tell us about the machinations and prejudices of mainstream cultural organisations, remains an ongoing important
political debate as well as a deeply personal dilemma for artists.

2: Cultivate is a bespoke mentoring project for up and coming Disabled visual artists. As mentors within the project we became acutely aware that new and emerging Disabled artists were often unaware of the history and current context for potentially aligning their practice, aspirations and identity as artists within a wider ‘Disability Arts movement’. They were also often unaware of the work and range of current Disability Arts organisations and the support and resources available to them through these channels.

We hope that this book provides the reader – Disabled or non-disabled, arts professional or generalist, community or social care worker or disability activist – with greater insight and confidence to engage with these issues, and that new dialogues will emerge as a result.
The stories and artwork in this book unite the artists and demonstrate the strong vibrant genre that is progressive and inspirational to an emerging Disability Arts landscape. We are indebted to all the artists who responded with such openness, honesty and generosity of spirit.

This book is not just about Disability Arts and culture, it is a book about artists being artists, it is about a celebration of difference, it is about the will to survive as artists, it is about humanity, it is about the fact that art unites us all as human beings and that Disability Art is here and now!

We hope that The Incorrigibles will provide a valuable contribution at this significant and fundamental point in the history of Disability Art and culture. Recognising and understanding the history of Disabled artists in the past and their position in the present will be the basis of generating new and more enlightened practices in the future.

The book is available to purchase by pre order for £10 + £2.50 p&p here:


For alternative methods of purchasing the book please contact Paula Dower

Join us to celebrate the publication of the book at one of the upcoming launches:

  • Monday 28th November 2016, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool as part of DADAFest, 6:30pm until 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 6th December 2016, Arts Admin, London, 6:00pm until 7:30pm
  • Thursday 8th December 2016, mac Birmingham, 6:00pm until 7:30pm

These events are free but please RSVP to info@dasharts.org

Please note: for the DADAFest event, you need to book online via: http://www.dadafest.co.uk/the-festival/event/dash-arts-book-launch/

Press Release: Call for Proposals – Radical Practices ~ DASH


DASH’s first Awkward Bastards symposium in March 2015 was one of the first to engage with the spectrum of diversity from disability, ethnicity, and sexuality, to gender and class. Thanks to generous funding from ACE Awkward Bastards returns in 2017 to consider the ways in which diverse artists and practices have been, are, or could be, framed and our collective responsibilities to our pasts and our futures.

The symposium will feature artists’ presentations, keynote speeches, panel debates, a live portrait painting by Tanya Raabe-Webber, and a Radical Practices open mic session. Please see below for the call for proposals.

Confirmed contributors include Frances Morris (Tate Modern), Tony Heaton (Shape), Mohammed Ali (artist), Rachel Anderson (Idle Women), Daniel Oliver (artist), Simon Casson (Duckie), Sara Wajid (Royal Museums Greenwich), Sue Austin (artist), Nick Llewellyn & Cian Binchy (Access All Areas), Aaron Wright (Fierce Festival), Helga Henry (Birmingham Hippodrome), Sarah Watson & Thompson Hall (Creative Minds), Rachel Gadsden (artist), Gemma Marmalade (artist).

Call for Proposals – Radical Practices

AB2 is inviting proposals from artists, activists, academics and others to present 5 minute provocations for the Radical Practices open mic session at the symposium.  We particularly encourage proposals which speak to and reflect the spectrum of diversity in the UK including issues of race, disability, gender and gender fluidity, the experiences of refugees, Roma and other marginalised and displaced peoples, issues of class and privilege, old age, mental health and chronic illness.

Radical Practices provocations can take any form – a manifesto, a rant, a performance, an illustrated slide show. Ideally provocations will be accompanied by a representative image or series of images. Provocations must be no longer than 5 minutes.

We plan to present 10 provocations on 23 March, selected by the AB2 organisers from proposals received.

Radical Practices provocateurs will receive a £40 honorarium, a complementary ticket to the symposium, and lunch.

To submit a proposal for Radical Practices please send an email to Mike Layward at DASH by Monday 19th December 2016.

Please put Radical Practices in the subject line and include the following information:

  • your name
  • your contact details
  • a title
  • a brief description of what your provocation will be about and why (maximum 150 words)
  • how you propose to present your provocation (eg a rant)
  • a representative low-res image
  • a short biography

We will let you know if we are able to present your provocation by Monday 9th January at the latest.

Full programme details and booking information will be announced in November 2016.

DAN Network News – No. 3 Autumn 2016

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Here is the latest Network News from the Dyslexic Adult Network :  DAN Network News – Autumn 2016

The Dyslexia Adult Network (DAN) has been founded to increase awareness of the impact of dyslexia and related conditions on adults. The network are made up of representatives of the major dyslexia charities and of specialists, including adults with dyslexia.

Check out the developments of the network with campaigns such as Disability Confident, Department of Work and Pensions and the retention and recruitment of dyslexic people in the workplace via this edition of the Network News.

If you have any queries concerning DAN and its work or would like to join their mailing list:
please go to http://dan-uk.co.uk/



BDA appeal for information regarding dyscalculia ~ Steve Chinn

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The BDA Dyscalculia and Maths LD committee plans to produce a leaflet and/or something for the web on the problems people might experience around their dyscalculia in their workplace or in applying for jobs.

It would be very helpful if we could collect some experiences, stories (brief, if possible) and anecdotes.

Please forward anything along these lines to Steve Chinn (who Chairs the group) at   steve.chinn@btinternet.com