York Disability Week 2022

by Handy Mag

26 November to 3 December

Promoting an Equal, Inclusive and Accessible York

Now in its 6th year, York Disability Week (26th Nov to 3rd Dec), which includes UN International Day of Disabled People on 3rd December, offers something for all. Almost all events are free to attend.

There’s an inclusive poetry evening, an intriguingly named ‘Can-do-Disco’ disco, and a social session for people with learning disabilities.

This is one of the photos from the York People First exhibition and shows Andrew and his brother Antony is c1980.

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 welcoming fresh air and company have a choice of two walks done at a slower pace and suitable for wheelchairs or mobility aids.

Some readers might welcome learning about services to help with driving or making use of audio books through the library. 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 together with the disgraceful (in our view) 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. Let’s hope this has changed by next year!
Making events open is very important to us so if anyone needs additional support to take part, do get in touch and we’ll try to help.

If you want to find out more, or get a copy of the printed programme, our contact details are:
Email: disability@yorkhumanrights.org
Website: www.yorkdisabilityweek.org
Tel: 01904 702060
Facebook at @YorkDisabilityWeek

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