Unified Rhythm

Unified Rhythm will be performing at Disability Pride Brighton. If you have ever seen them, you will already know how fabulously energetic they are. If you haven’t, you are in for a treat!

They have been running for seventeen years and are an integrated carnival group – consisting of both mainstream and special educational needs young people.

They bring the enjoyment factor to any event and we are very lucky to have them celebrating with us.

Please have a look at their website.

http://www.redzebra.uk.com/unified-rhythm/

MOBILOO

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.

http://mobiloo.org.uk/

Amaze

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.

Please have a look at their website

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And some of their informative videos.

http://amazebrighton.org.uk/resources/our-videos/

Meeting Results

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.

Question 1

  • 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.

ANSWERS TO QUESTION 1

Question 2

Not this year but…

  • How do we achieve this?
  • What would you like to see at Disability Pride Brighton next year?
  • How do you see the future of Disability Pride Brighton?
  • What ideas do you have?

Answers to Question 2

Question 3

  • Ideas for small scale things
  • Free, cheap and low budget
  • Ideas for fundraising now
  • Very important – do you have any personal contacts of people who might sponsor us
  • They can sponsor an item or give an amount – their name will be on Facebook page and website

Answers to Question 3

Question 4&5

  • Do you have any access needs that might not have been considered?
  • What do you think are most important things we can do this year?
  • What is the minimum it needs to be an inclusive success, for the first DPB?
  • Anything else you want to mention, contribute, add or ask?
  • Concerns?
  • Feedback about today?

ANSWERS TO QUESTION 4&5

Disability Song

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.