Call for Disabled Performers: Disability Arts Event for International Day of Disabled People – Manchester – December 13th

Final call for disabled performers!

The Queer of the Unknown performance/poetry collective, with support from Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, are organising a disability arts event on Saturday 13th December in Manchester (from 7.30-10.30pm at Birch Community Centre, Brighton Grove, Rusholme, Manchester M14 5JT – see the Facebook event page for further details: https://www.facebook.com/events/721838997895330 ).

Queer of the Unknown have enough performers confirmed to make this event happen, but we still have room for more, and would love to feature a greater variety of disabled artists in our event.

As we need to supply the Sign Language Interpreters with information about the performances in advance, however, we need to confirm our line-up quickly, so this is a final call for anyone interested in performing!

To apply, you can either use the online form at http://bit.do/IDDP2014perform or email idodp2014@gmail.com with details of your act, before the end of Monday 24th November.

Please note we are seeking disabled performers only, and that we have a safer spaces policy requiring no sexist, racist, transphobic, homophobic, disablist (etc.) content. If you want more details on this, please contact idodp2014@gmail.com or send a message to Queer of the Unknown on Facebook.

Please forward to anyone you know who may fit the bill!

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Event: Diagnosis in educational and psychological practice: An interdisciplinary conversation (Jan 2014: Sheffield)

You are invited to register for an exciting, cross-disciplinary one-day conference:

Diagnosis in educational and psychological practice: an interdisciplinary conversation

…which will be held at The University of Sheffield on Monday 12th January 2015, 9:30am – 4:30pm.

The event has been organised through collaboration between Tony Williams (Educational Psychology), Harriet Cameron (Specialist Teaching in SpLD/ Dyslexia) and Alex Young (Clinical Psychology), and as such it brings together a range of perspectives on the uses and abuses of diagnosis from related, but often very separate fields of practice in education and psychology.

The main purpose of this event is to provide a critical space for attendees to explore some of the different ways in which diagnosis is experienced, to reflect upon the medicalisation of labelling in education and psychology, and to critically interrogate the assumptions they might have in this area. Through these conversations, it is hoped that we will address some of the challenges and paradoxes we face around medicalisation in the practice of specialist teaching and psychology, and that we will leave the conference with a greater awareness of the roles we play in (re)producing particular concepts of difference and difficulty.

If you are a specialist teacher, a mental health specialist, a researcher in a related field, a user of specialist SpLD or mental health services, an educational psychologist, a student in a related discipline, a clinical psychologist, a needs assessor, or a disability advisor, this conference is likely to be of interest to you.

The draft programme is attached. Precise titles for talks and workshops will be confirmed nearer the time.

To book your place, please go to http://onlineshop.shef.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=10&catid=119&prodid=333

You will need the password ‘diagnosis’ when purchasing your ticket. The tickets should be available now, but please try a little later if you find they are not yet up. There may be a short delay.

The cost is £20/ £15 concessions, and includes refreshments and lunch. The venue is fully accessible. Please let us know if you have any additional requirements.

We expect this event to be very popular, so if you would like to attend, please book your place as soon as possible.

For more information: contact Harriet Cameron on h.cameron@sheffield.ac.uk



Reminder: next DRF seminar: imagining autistic children’s play otherwise and philosophical musings on care. Thursday 20th November, 12-2, Room 10111

A reminder that our next DRF seminar is Thursday 20th November, 12-2, Room 10111. There will be papers and discussion from John Rees and Jill Smith. All welcome

Slot 1: John Rees, Independent Scholar: Care – essence of our being?

Abstract: Care: a philosophical and political concept that is consciously acted upon in life – why do we care? We have the word that completes the thoughts that with that word we shape our practice. Our practice then completes that process in which thought is enriched and is completed into a rich and engaging intervention into the lives of others, a dialectic of love precisely because of the contradictions thrown up by care under the rule of capital.

Slot 2:  Jill Smith, Sheffield Hallam University: Imagining otherwise for autistic children’s play

Abstract: This paper was written as the result of recent collaborative work with Prof Dan Goodley as part of The University of Sheffield’s Exploring Play MOOC: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life. I tell stories of everyday autistic childhoods which move away from the narrow focus of traditional developmental psychology and autism studies and instead draw inter-disciplinary threads from childhood studies, critical disability studies, and most recently, the emotional geographies. These are stories that I would suggest, families are already telling, but that the study of autism, and autistic children’s play leave largely untold. I spend time with autistic children and their families, at home, school, in parks and digging in allotments telling stories about their lived, bodily, sensorial experiences of everyday life. These embodied experiences often (I’d suggest almost always), involve play. From the outset that might be challenged by some as dominant narratives of autism would have us believe that autistic children often do not play, that abnormal play, or no play, is itself a ‘symptom’ of autism. In this paper I aim to reclaim play for autistic children (and disabled children more broadly). I question normative notions of play to open up definitions of what it means to play and what kind of space play should be. In re-imagining a conceptualisation of play, we are able to re-imagine autism, and collectively imagine otherwise for autistic children’s play.