Rights to… | Creating networks to resist disability discrimination in education



Rights to… was a forum which brought together parents, carers, educators, activists, and artists to ask how we can create a network of support and solidarity and resist disability discrimination in the education system.

The forum included contributions from workers and parents from the Portman Early Childhood Centre, artist Adam J B Walker, disability rights campaigner Michelle Daley, disability activist David Ruebain, curator Yates Norton and researcher Katherine Runswick-Cole. This was followed by a workshop, where attendees could work through the questions and themes raised during the event in small groups.

Walker presented a sound piece made in collaboration with staff, parents and carers from the Portman Early Childhood Centre about their struggles with discrimination in the education system.

Writer and researcher Katherine Runswick Cole explored the important role that language plays in the lives of disabled children and considered the possibilities of engaging with the arts as a way of making injustice visible and to address inequality.

Disability rights activist David Ruebain and curator Yates Norton talked about interdependency as a form of resistance and the role of allyship; a lifelong process of building relationships based on trust, consistency and accountability.

Michelle Daley is interim Director at ALLFIE (The Alliance for Inclusive Education) and spoke about ALLFIE’s campaign for desegregated schooling and share tools for change.

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