ACHIEVING AND SUPPORTING DISABILITY INCLUSION AND RIGHTS.
Date: Saturday 18th November 2017
Venue: Birmingham City University
This event marks the (CRPD) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 10th anniversary and the 60th anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration. The event will have speakers presenting on a range of topics, various panels for discussions, workshops all aiming to share solutions, insights and sharing learning to achieve the future we all aim to achieve a Disability, Inclusive, and Safe Society for All.
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Closing date for bookings is Tuesday 14th November 2017.
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Presentations, Panel Discussions and Workshops:
- Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRDP) what the reality is in UK
- Recognising Multi discrimination and the role of CRPD and Equality Act 2010
- Inclusive technology supporting Independent Living, Support and Access
- Building stronger foundations for Disability Inclusion (Media and Access)
- Safeguarding and ending violence, and all forms of abuse against disabled children and adults
- How can we ensure we have disability inclusive implementation of the Global Sustainable Development Goals.
- Increasing opportunities and choices to disabled persons inclusion and contribution towards sustainable economic growth and access to employment
- Building a disability inclusive, safe and accessible society with inclusive transport and public spaces
Kamran joined Disability Rights UK as its Chief Executive in July 2017. He is the former Chief Executive of Action on Disability, the Hammersmith-based disability organisation, where he worked for 12 years.
Kamran has also worked for the spinal injury charity Aspire as well as running his own business.
He serves on the boards of Inclusion London and the Lyric Hammersmith, and is chair of Candoco dance company. He is also a member of Transport for London’s Independent Disability Advisory Group.
Carly is a British filmmaker, an Autism advocate and also the mother of 3 daughters 2 of whom are Autistic.Carly herself was diagnosed as Autistic by the National Autistic society's Lorna Wing Centre after her daughters in her 30s.
Until recent years there was very little understanding of Autism and females and Carly used her life long interest and passion for media to raise awareness of Autistic females and try and erode the stigma of being Autistic. The Documentary "Epidemic of Knowledge " following her families multiple female diagnoses was screened at Cannes Film festival ,has won many Disability and women's issues awards globally and is this year being screened at the UN offices of Indian to raise awareness in hard to reach communities. Carly's Advocacy work is varied includes discussing Autism and those left behind at the House of Commons , the United Nations Geneva, The world Human rights forum Marrakesh and for BBC Three and Channel 4. She has recently written and published a free online course on safeguarding for Autistic girls out of education who miss out of PHSE lessons her long term aim is that every female who needs a diagnosis and support receives them as human right as even a clinically "mild " diagnosis in no way ensures a mild life experience for those left behind .Her suggestions on how to safeguard Autistic women and girls have recently been accepted and published by the UK government women's and equality committee .
Carly is currently excitingly preparing to participate in the BBC Class Act project for Disabled actors a to raise the profile a of actors a with disabilities in media which she feels is a wonderful reflection of the progress made for inclusion in the UK .The Jo Cox Loneliness commission and Scopes work shows that Media is a enormous agent of change in create more understanding in Disabled people’s reality’s when it’s considered and accessible in fictional TV shows and dramas. Carly will be joining us on the 18thNovember having just arrived home from the United Nations to see the ratification of CEDAWS article 19 which she submitted evidence too in 2016
Mik is a leading disabled broadcaster and journalist, actor and musician. Mik is a disability right campaigner. Professional access and inclusion expert. UNICEF award for working with disabled children
Saba is a freelance social affairs journalist and regular writer for the Guardian. She has reported on equality and diversity issues for more than 20 years; as a reporter on London local papers, an Evening Standard correspondent, a freelance feature writer for women’s magazines and a writer on housing and welfare for specialist weekly publications.
Saba’s particular focus is the UK’s overlooked population of 1.5m people with learning disabilities. Saba volunteers as a trustee of the charity Sibs, which supports the siblings of disabled children and adults, and has a younger sister with a learning disability.
Recent articles on learning disability include an investigation into the thousands of people languishing in long-stay institutional care, the need for new laws so people can challenge decisions about their care, and a focus on equal employment opportunities.
Saba is currently developing a book, Made Possible, a collection of essays by high-achieving people with learning disabilities.
Lancashire born actress and public speaker Samantha Renke who currently resides in east London. Former teacher and trustee for the brittle bone society Renke moved to London five years ago to peruse a career in acting. Making her debut in indie film little Devil Renke won best actress at the LA diversity film festival. Since little devils success Renke has featured in a number of projects including last years groundbreaking Maltesers Advert featuring disabled actors. Supporter of the disability charity SCOPE and patron of Head2Head Theatre company Samantha can be seen on a number of television programs speaking out on disability equality. Regular blogger for the huffington post and lifestyle columnist for Pos'Ability magazine. As a self proclaimed fashionista samantha loves finding a bargain down brick lane or on eBay and would love to have her own petite fashion brand in the future , she is an a campaigner for better representation of disability within the fashion industry and has recently become involved with DIfa charity organisation which ushers for equality within the fashion world. Currently filming with the Huffington Post on their daily online series The New Activist.
Leethen is a qualified social worker with 18 years’ experience at both an operational and strategic level. He currently works for the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) as a Practice Development Manager. Before joining SCIE, Leethen worked as a probation officer and then as a frontline social worker. Leethen then became the Community Partnership Advisor for a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). This role focused on improving the awareness, skills and knowledge of professionals on issues related to Female Genital Mutilation, ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, children abused through faith and belief, child trafficking/modern slavery, private fostering and radicalisation.
Leethen is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Sussex. His research is a retrospective study on adults accused of being possessed or labelled a witch during their childhood. The research specifically focuses on the impact of an accusation on those accused and their siblings. There is also some focus on the role of professionals, community and faith leaders in safeguarding these groups of children.
Sarah is a member of the steering group of Sisters of Frida CIC, an experimental collective of disabled women. Professionally, she is an accessibility and inclusion consultant and former property litigation solicitor. Within Sisters of Frida, a voluntary role, she co-leads on strategy and speaks at many events around the country on issues affecting disabled women. Sarah has just returned from speaking at the UK review by the UN Committee on the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She is also vice-Chair of Birmingham's Access Committee.
Isabelle is the mum of two extraordinary young people, one of whom has autism and other complex co-morbidities. She has decades of experience in navigating the labyrinth of education, social care and health services, most recently fighting to get her son out of an acute treatment unit and to have a positive and fulfilling life in the community.
Isabelle holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Autism Education and has been the Lead Practitioner for Autism in a Federation of six mainstream primary schools, providing reactive and proactive support, and managing its autism support team.
Isabelle has experience campaigning and working with the media (television, radio and press) and charities (such as Challenging Behaviour Foundation, Young Minds and Mencap) trying to achieve meaningful and positive change for people with autism, learning difficulties or both, who are still living in acute treatment units (ATUs).
Clenton has extensive knowledge around health and social care, particularly in relation to equality , human rights and co-production due to both personal and professional experience.
Clenton is Chair of the Think Local, Act Personal programme board. He is also a member of the Coalition for Collaborative Care Co-production Group, which brings together people, including people with long-term conditions, and organisations from across health and social care. Clenton is the trustee of In Control which is a national charity working for an inclusive society where everyone has the support they need to live a good life and make a valued contribution.
Clenton is Director of Community Navigator Services CIC, which is a Disabled People's User Led Organisation and is one of eight Fellows that act as an Skills for Care Ambassador, supporting, developing and maintaining relationships between Skills for Care and social care experts.
Clenton was awarded an MBE for services to people with disabilities in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Steve Judge's life was turned upside down following a near fatal car accident resulting in both legs being crushed and being told that he may never walk again.
Steve didn’t lean on his excuses but instead set goals and worked towards his aspirations with drive, motivation and commitment. Through years of rehabilitation and training he eventually represented Great Britain as a disabled athlete.
Through seizing opportunities and living life with no regrets he eventually achieved World Championship status in Paratriathlon (swim, bike and run).
Steve continues to work towards new aspirations in his life and his business ‘i.Nspire’ through delivering workshops, keynote speeches and projects with his ongoing mission of helping people, inspiring others and motivating many.
Ashley is the co-founder of Disabled Survivors Unite, an activist organisation creating change for disabled survivors of abuse and sexual violence. Their work focuses on campaigning, working with frontline and support services around disability access, and running a project that allows survivors to share their stories anonymously. Ashley also regularly speaks at events on issues affecting disabled survivors and has given evidence on this at a hearing in the European Parliament.
Hardeep is the founder and Managing Director of Kaleidoscope Investments (Ki). Ki invests exclusively in disabled entrepreneurs with great business ideas, that are keen to start their own companies.
He has spent 25 years in the Financial Services industry: 15 years working within Hedge Funds and the last 10 years as an entrepreneur, investor and business growth specialist.
He has also worked as client director at HB Prime Advantage, a growth advisory business founded by James Caan (ex-dragons den), which was focussed on helping to aggressively grow SME's businesses with a view to preparing them for an exit.
Robin is a founding member of UK tech charity AbilityNet. Now globally acclaimed as leading experts in their field, AbilityNet specialise in accessibility and inclusive design, helping clients design attractive websites and apps that are easy to use by all.
Central to his mission is raising awareness of the power of tech through blogging and a busy public speaking schedule in the UK, Europe and the US.
Most recently Robin was awarded an MBE in the 2017 new year’s honours list for his services to digital inclusion. He also won the Special Award at the Tech4Good Awards 2016 in similar recognition of his services as a digital inclusion evangelist spanning two decades (previous winners include Professor Stephen Hawking).
Robin was also very honoured to come runner-up ‘UK Digital Leader Public Figure of the Year 2015’ (after the government’s own digital champion; Baroness Martha-Lane Fox) in the Digital Leaders 100 Awards– with AbilityNet winning first in its category of Digital Leading Charity.
Robin is also very proud to be a judge in the Global Mobile Awards 2017 (for the second year running) held in Barcelona - www.mobileworldcongress.com/
Shani is an award winning event manager, global voyager, disability role model, campaigner and Include Me TOO Ambassador.
She was born with a rare genetic condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), more commonly known as Brittle Bones. Over her childhood, she spent many summers in hospital with broken legs and learning how to walk again, until she was offered pioneering treatment to strengthen her bone density in her teenage years.
In 2011, Shani graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Event and Venue Management, and her dissertation around barriers to accessible leisure was published by an American charity.
Shani is an accomplished public speaker delivering talks at hospitals and to medical professionals, conferences and schools as part of her efforts to challenge perceptions and change attitudes around disability, especially in Asian communities.
Taryl is an experienced educational social worker, specializing in work with young people with learning disabilities and their families. She is also cofounder of How Do I, an award-winning social enterprise that supports life and vocational skill development for people with additional needs, raising aspirations and providing real-time support into employment and independent living through assistive technology.
Adam is an award-winning campaigner, actor and presenter. Adam was nominated as UK Documentary Presenter of the Year at the 2016 Grierson Awards. His credits include Horizon: My Amazing Twin (BBC Two), Adam Pearson: Freak Show (BBC Three), The Ugly Face Of Disability Hate Crime (BBC Three), Tricks Of The Restaurant Trade (Channel 4) and The One Show (BBC One). Adam appeared in the BAFTA-nominated film, Under The Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring Scarlett Johansson.
Adam is an ambassador for Jeans for Genes and The Childhood Tumour Trust. Adam has won a RADAR Award and a Diana Award for his campaigning work.
Photo by Andy Weekes
The igniter of hearts creatively, a creative collaborator and adventurer, Sulaiman is an independent consultant, speaker, and writer on Divergent Leadership, Creativity, and Inclusivity + Advocacy. He is also the Founder and Chief Purpose Officer of ThisAbility, the network that supports the best creative disabled talent. Sualiman is also an Ambassador for Include Me TOO