York Disability Week Returns for a 6th Year!

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 and there’s a mix on online and in person events.

YDRF: Looking Back, Looking Forwards

Ahead of the week itself, we’re holding our first AGM… But before you turn away, it’s going to be more exciting than that sounds! The AGM is just a small part of the online event and whilst the meeting will include a bit of formal stuff, it’s mostly so we can let you know what we’ve been up to. You’ll have a chance to get more involved with us, including our Steering Group, and help shape what we do going forward.

Joining the Steering Group includes attending a monthly online meeting, and depending on your skills and interests, you’ll focus on a particular aspect of our work. For some people, that’s running the Access Sub Group, and for others it’s more about getting the newsletter out to you. We’re particularly keen to get people on board who love social media, are familar with website stuff (we’re based on wordpress) and who love writing blogs and newsletters!

But the meeting isn’t all about the Steering Group, so please come along, hear what we’re doing and let us know what you think we could be doing better!

York Disability Week

There is a wide range of events, including an inclusive poetry evening, an intriguingly named ‘Can-do-Disco’ disco, a sensory story telling session for children and a social session for people with learning disabilities. 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 looking for fresh air and company have a choice of two slower paced walks suitable for wheelchairs or mobility aids.

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-19 together with the 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. Making events open is very important to York Disability Week so if anyone needs additional support to take part, do get in touch with them and they’ll try to help.

To find out more, or get a copy of the printed programme, email York Disability Week, or ring them on 01904 702060.

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