by Sophie Savage, Disability Project Officer, HAS Widening Participation Team
I attended the Students’ Union’s ‘Redefining Disability Panel’ last week, which I think utilised some really well developed questions from Samuel Cornelius-Light (Students’ Union Disabled Students’ Officer), and the panel had a range of different backgrounds and experiences that they shared which were thought provoking and passionately delivered.
Great panel discussion hosted @TheSUatUWE on 'Redefining my disability'. I learnt a lot from our panelists who highlighted the
struggle for equality, overcoming the stigma, and the misconceptions and positivity about
disability. #DisabilityHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/HFd3b9s2H2
— Augusta Chidinma Nnajiofor (@VPCommWelfare) November 29, 2018
The importance of active listening was highlighted on multiple occasions in regard to how to best communicate with and support those with particular needs. In addition to challenging assumptions of what the lives of disabled people might look like – sport, performing on stage, going clubbing, ballet were all mentioned as activities enjoyed by the panelists and adaptation being the key for inclusion for all.
I felt fortunate to be a member of the audience, however if there was any criticism to be had, it would be that it was a shame there wasn’t a bigger audience for this fab panel to interact with.