adult care, Children, Familes and Young People, health, mental health, public health, wellbeing

Seminar: Improving children and young people’s health outcomes (Feb 2016: London, UK)

Improving children and young people’s health outcomes: Integration, public health and policy priorities 

Date: Tuesday, 2nd February 2016
Where: Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Dr Jacqueline Cornish, National Clinical Director for Children, Young People and Transition to Adulthood, NHS England

This seminar will be a timely opportunity to assess priorities for children’s health and wellbeing for the new Parliament. Delegates will consider next steps for improving service delivery for children and young people, and the role of NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Groups and local authorities in promoting positive wellbeing. There will also be discussion on the early impact of new funding for child and adolescent mental health services, and progress made by Public Health England in ensuring every child has the best start in life as one of seven priorities outlined in their five year strategy. Further sessions focus on tackling inequalities, managing the transition to adult care, and challenges for translating research into practice.

We are delighted to include at this seminar keynote addresses from Dr Jacqueline Cornish, National Clinical Director for Children, Young People and Transition to Adulthood, NHS England; Dr Cheryll Adams, Founding Director, Institute of Health Visiting; Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Chair, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition and Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges; Dr Hilary Cass, Senior Clinical Advisor for Children and Young People, Health Education England; Dr David James, Chair, Trainees’ Committee, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Wendy Nicholson, Lead Nurse for Children, Young People and Families, Public Health England. James Cashmore, Director, Food for Life Partnership; Anna Feuchtwang, Chief Executive Officer, National Children’s Bureau; Emily Fox, Founder, The Albatross Connection; Joe Hayman, Chief Executive, PSHE Association; Louise Taylor, Associate Headteacher, The Compton School, London; Dr Vimal Tiwari, Child Safeguarding Lead, Royal College of General Practitioners and a senior representative from the Greater London Authority have also agreed to speak.

Sir Oliver Heald MP and Earl of Listowel, Treasurer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

A link to the live agenda can be found here.


Disability History Conference – London Metropolitan Archives – 27 November

Disability and Impairment: a Technological Fix?

London Metropolitan Archives, 40, Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB

Friday, 27 November 2015 from 11:00 to 16:30 (GMT)

£10 (bring a picnic)

Booking / Information:

Part of Disability History Month and linked to the King Edward’s Fund Archive project at LMA, this conference will feature a range of speakers including community groups, heritage organisations and academics discussing the theme of technological change and the portrayal of disability then and now. If you have any accessibility requirements please let us know.


Session 1   Projects and Perspectives   11:00 -12:30

 11:00           Peter Fuzuesi: The Technological Fix in Time

11:10           Tom Hayes: A History of the Disability Discrimination Act

11:30           Leonard Cheshire Disability:  “Given the Tools There is No Limit to What Disabled People Can Achieve”

11:50           Sue Ledger: “How Come We Didn’t Know this Happened?”

12:10           All: Q & A

 12:30-13:20 Lunch

 Session 2 Imagery and Portrayals  13:20-14:40

 13:20   Langdon Down Museum: The Depiction of Learning Disability in Art Film, and Photography

13:40   Richard Riser: Examining Representation of Disabled People. Are We Making Progress in Moving Image Media?

14:00   Simon Jarret: From Hogarth to Vagabondiana: Impairment and Mobility in the Eighteenth Century

14:20   All: Q & A

 14:40-15:00 Break

 Session 3   New Research   15:00-16:30

 15:00  The National Archives: The Medical Technology Blog

15:10   Benjamin Szreter: Technology Change as Disabling: the Blind and Deaf in Victorian Britain, 1851-1901

15:20   Claire Jones: Modern Prostheses in Anglo-American Commodity cultures

15:30    Caroline Lieffers: The Industrial Honour of Our Country

15:40   Jane Seale: Were 20th Century Computers a Technological Fix for People with Learning Disabilities? Uncovering the Ignored Answers

16:00   Maria Oshodi: Flatland

16:10   All: Q & A


Invitation: Re-imagining Toilets: Adventures into the Design of the Public Loo

We are excited to invite you to join us for Re-Imagining Toilets: Adventures into the Design of the Public Loo.

Re-imagining Toilets is a FREE event marking the end of the Around the Toilet project. Over summer we’ve invited queer, trans and disabled people to explore what makes a safe and accessible toilet space. Based on the stories, performances and artefacts created at our workshops, this event launches some of the exciting results of the project:

1. A toilet theme game/installation* which you will all be invited to take part in.
2. A ‘design toolkit’* to be used by architects and city planners when designing toilet spaces.
3. A short report detailing the importance of thinking about safe and accessible toilets, which can be used in toilet activism.

* Designed and made by a team of Masters Architecture Students as part of the Sheffield School of Architecture ‘Live Project’.

The Re-imagining Toilets event will also include talks from the project team and organisations involved, t-shirt making, an evening performance from Queer of the Unknown, and a free light evening meal.

If you’re an architect, city planner or designer, a trans, queer and/or disabled person, have been involved in a toilet campaign, or are just interested in the project, then sign up to come along. Feel free to drop in for some or all of it!

Please reserve a place via the Z-Arts venue website:

To keep up to date check out our Facebook Event Page, Twitter account and/or project blog.

Access information
• More information on getting to the venue here:
• There are limited funds to cover travel and/or childcare. Please get in touch if this would be useful to you.
• A light vegetarian evening meal will be provided. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.
• Children are welcome to join us for the afternoon and food. We will not be monitoring attendance to the evening performance but it may contain strong language and sexual references.
• There is step free access to the building and all rooms are on the ground floor.
• A quiet room will be provided.
• There is on-street parking around the building.
• BSL interpretation will be provided.
• There will be more information on the programme coming soon, but get in touch if you want more information about any of the activities.

We endeavour to make this event as accessible as possible. Please let us know if you have any more access questions or requirements.


ENIL Study Session 2016

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), in cooperation with the Council of Europe, is organising the Study Session “Supporting Young Disabled People to Explore Sexuality and Relationships as Integral to their Social Inclusion and Independent Living”.
What role does sexuality play in your life?

Do you think disability is a barrier to young disabled people being sexually active?

Do you believe that it would be easier for people with disabilities to promote their sexual rights in a society which applies the philosophy of Independent Living?

What do you consider as the best way to be empowered and have a voice to promote your views?

ENIL advocates and lobbies for Independent Living by promoting the values, principles and practices to make full citizenship of disabled people a reality. It is known that more than 50% of disabled people do not have any form of a regular sex life.  One of the priorities for ENIL is to support the involvement of young disabled people within the Independent Living Movement. That is why ENIL has composed a project to increase youth interest in sexual issues throughout Europe.

The one-week study session is taking place at the Council of Europe Youth Centre in Strasbourg from 17th till 24th April 2016, with the purpose of providing young disabled people with a safe space to explore how sexuality and relationships relate to social inclusion and supporting them in advocating for sexual rights in their countries and at European level. Participants will have an opportunity to gain a better understanding of intersection between disability and sexuality, and acquire skills to promote the rights of other young disabled people from their country. The session will be delivered by a group of young disabled people from the UK, Greece, Slovenia, Serbia and Bulgaria with experience in working with young people in their countries and internationally.

ENIL hopes to create future young leaders of the Independent Living Movement, who will support other young disabled people to understand their rights around sexuality, relationships and the connections between Independent Living philosophy and broader sexual issues, such as women’s rights and issues affecting the LGBTQ community.

Participants must be between 18 and 35 and consider themselves as disabled persons. The study session will be in English. Therefore, participants need to have a working knowledge of English. Participants must also be from one of the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe (not to be confused with the European Union). You can find a list of the countries by clicking on the map at the Council of Europe website

Regardless of type of impairment, sexual orientation, religion, level of education or any other personal characteristic ENIL, being committed to support diversity of participants, encourages all young disabled people to apply and will meet the access needs of all selected participants, including the travel expenses of Personal Assistants when needed. Please note that if an application is successful the participant is required to pay a 50 Euro enrolment fee to the Council of Europe Youth Centre. No fee will be charged to Personal Assistants.

If you would like more information about the project, please or visit ENIL:

The deadline for applications is 12th November 2015.



Thank you,

Members of the Project Programme Team


CFP: Philosophy of Disability (with $3000 prize!)

A chance to win $3000 for writing about philosophy & disability! Not often we say that!

More details here.

Philosophy of Disability

Deadline for Submission: February 1, 2016

Prize: $3,000

Call for Papers
Res Philosophica invites papers on the topic of the philosophy of disability for the 2016 Res Philosophica Essay Prize and a special issue of the journal. The author of the winning paper will receive a prize of $3,000, and the paper will be published in the associated special issue of the journal on the same topic. Submissions for the prize will be automatically considered for publication in the journal’s special issue unless otherwise requested.

Submissions addressing any of the many philosophical questions about disability are welcome. Topics may involve issues in, for example, ethics, social and political philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of law, history of philosophy, or feminist philosophy. The following questions represent merely a small sample of the questions that might be addressed in papers related to the theme of this special issue:

What is the nature of disability? Are there different types or kinds of disability? Are challenges faced by persons with disabilities wholly or primarily due to social prejudice against them?

What implications does disability have for theories of wellbeing? Theories of justice? For example: Might accounting for disability require us to reject distributive theories of justice?

What can recent psychological work on disability teach us about moral responsibility? To what degree do our ethical obligations towards a person depend on his or her capacities?

How should we think about the testimony of disabled persons concerning whether they would prefer to be disabled or non-disabled? Would discounting it, for example, involve a sort of epistemic injustice?

How should disability affect how we understand agency in general, or free agency? Does disability affect capacitarian or essentialist views of human nature?

These are only a few of the many topics papers might address. Papers that address other topics in the philosophy of disability are welcome.

Accepted papers will be published with invited papers by Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Adam Cureton, Jennifer Hawkins, Eva Kittay, and Anita Silvers.

Submissions will be triple anonymously reviewed. (First, authors do not know the identity of the referees, second, referees do not know the identity of the authors, and third, editors do not know the identity of the authors.) Please format your submission so that it is suitable for anonymous review. (Instructions are available here.)

We do not normally publish papers longer than 12,000 words long (including footnotes).

We prefer submissions in pdf format, though we will Microsoft Word documents. Papers may be submitted in any standard style, but authors of accepted papers will be required to edit their papers according to the journal’s style, which follows The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition). Style instructions are available here.

Please use the online submission form for submitting your essay, available here.