As well as having accessible toilets at the event, there will also be a changing places toilet which we are hiring from Mobiloo. This means that Disability Pride Brighton will be accessible to all.
Mobiloo offers a safe and clean changing and toilet facility to meet the needs of all disabled people (and their carers or personal assistants), within a mobile van. For many people with severe disabilities, adequate toilet facilities are an important factor when planning a day out. If they are unable to walk or stand, they may still not be able to use even the standard specialist accessible toilets that are sometimes provided. They may need support from one or two carers or personal assistants to use the toilet. Standard specialist accessible toilets rarely provide changing tables or hoists. The absence of appropriate facilities can obviously impact on whole families.
The Mobiloo recognises this gap in provision for people with severe disabilities.
Amaze will be at Disability Pride Brighton. They are an ‘amazing’ (sorry!) organisation who offer support to families of children and young people with SEN (special educational needs) and disabilities. The lovely people at Amaze will be arranging fun things for families and children on the day.
On the 18th of March the first open Disability Pride Brighton meeting took place to allow people with disabilities to have their say on the planning of the event. There were 5 main questions for which many responses were received all of which are available to view from here.
Note: The text in BLUE are comments from people who identify as having a disability.
What made you want to get involved?
What would you like to get out of it?
What would you like to feel?
What do you want Disability Pride Brighton to be?
What do you want it to achieve?
Answers may include socialising, loss of isolation, seeing all disabilities included, making people more aware of disability discrimination, gaining respect, inclusion.
Here is my new song about disability awareness, discrimination and disability pride – “Normal”. Thanks to my (mostly!) lovely daughter, RACHAEL, for singing, to KIERAN for the tune and for playing the guitar, to Rachael and Kieran for the arrangement, to Ruby (Rachael’s almost two year old) for banging on the window with first the remote control and then a shell, to CHARLIE for keeping Ruby inside the house, to Ben, the Irish Wolfhound for walking in front of the camera and, finally, to JAMES for not letting Ben run into the road. A real family production! PS Please excuse my witch’s cackling at the end.