Revolution, Evolution, Life

This is a draft working title for a 3 day course we are planning to put on in partnership with Action For Advocacy and the Disability Law Service.

Revolution because day 1 focuses on the profound liberation theories developed by the disability movement during the 80’s and 90’s.

Evolution on day 2 because the theories found their way into law. Nick Clarke will demonstrate the usefulness of different laws including the Equalities Act and aspects of Social Care

Life finally on day 3 because we are left in a confusing time where we are developing independent lives whilst still being held back and told what we can and can’t do. Day 3 is a co-production with Kenny Vesterfelt who tells is advocacy stories of struggle and survival whilst I highlight issues for advocates and those who feel they have an advocacy role


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  1. detrich said

    This is what actually appeared on the Action for Advocacy Website

    Revolution, Evolution… Life- Disability rights, empowerment and the law

    This course will deepen participant’s understanding of disability and bring relevant areas of disability law to life and show how advocates can use this knowledge and understanding to support those they work with.

    London: 23rd, 24th and 25th November

    Course overview:
    This course will deepen participant?s understanding of disability and bring relevant areas of disability law to life and show how advocates can use this knowledge and understanding to support those they work with.

    It will focus on understanding disability and impairment, disability discrimination and community care support from social services, and will reflect the move to personalised services. By linking the law and policy to its origins in human rights and equality and to the disabled people?s movement it will show how to challenge judgments and stereotypes and progress disability rights. We will explore the origins, spirit and letter of the law and policy and illustrate it with case studies and real life presentations and ensure that learning is very practical.

    The course will be delivered by Richard Downes, co-ordinator of Brent Advocacy Concerns and Nick Clarke, London Development Officer at Disability Law Service. Over the course of 3 days Nick and Rich will integrate their knowledge to deliver a truly unique course which intends to provide a deep insight into the experience of disability and a practical guide to challenging prejudice and poor services.

    Course content:
    Key elements of the course will include:
    Day 1. Disability Equality on the Agenda ? Richard Downes

    How powerful is the social model of disability, why was it enshrined in law, where did it come from and what did it achieve?
    Assess your understanding of disability and impairment
    Learn where this understanding takes your learning as an Advocate
    Understand where the call for rights comes from and what it says

    Day 2. Discrimination, Independent Living and the Law ? Nick Clarke

    The Equality Act ? rights for individuals
    The Equality Duty ? obligations for public authorities
    Community Care law and getting help from social services
    The Human Rights Act & UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    Using the law

    Day 3. The Kenny Course ? Richard Downes & Kenny Vesterfelt
    A co-production created from an advocacy story, ?The Kenny Course? shows through a struggle for independent living how concepts like Choice, Consent, Capacity and Control unfold and what they mean. Starting from the premise that everything is just too risky how can an advocate give evidence to show that disabled people can be included? How does the self advocate do it for themselves? Can we be responsible for taking the story forward and how far should we go? Do we know our boundaries in a civil rights context? Where is the advocacy dilemma?

    Nick Clarke
    Nick is London Development Officer for the Disability Law Service. In this role he has run dozens of workshops that use knowledge of the law to empower disabled people. Before working at the Disability Law Service, Nick has practiced as a refugee and asylum lawyer.

    Richard Downes
    Rich has 20 years experience of coordinating an advocacy project. He has been providing Disability Equality Training since 1996. He is also one of the original Danners – Disabled Activists promoting civil rights. His co production with Kenny draws these strands together.

    Price and Booking
    In a unique partnership between Disability Law Service, A4A and Brent Advocacy Concerns we are pleased to be able to offer this course at a highly subsidised rate. This reflects our common aim to make this course accessible to as many organisations as possible.

    Cost for the total 3 days training (days can not be booked separately)

    Voluntary sector organisations with 10 staff or less: £220
    Voluntary sector organisation with more than 10 staff: £260
    Public sector/Private sector organisation: £320

    Link to Booking Form

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