The event will be a celebration of disabled people and the diversity of our community. It follows a smaller successful Disability Pride event in 2010 and it has expanded to include more activities.
It will showcase local artists, performers and speakers highlighting skills and abilities of disabled people and challenging negative stereotypes. There will be a marketplace bringing together individuals, groups and businesses to engage with disabled people, opening up conversations and opportunities to develop inclusive services and activities.
The event is free to attend and The Forum has good transport links, is accessible and has blue badge parking. There will be an accessible Mobiloo toilet available which offers a hoist and bench and there are Changing Places available at Intu Chapelfield and Vauxhall Community Hub.
Disability Pride is being run in partnership with Equal Lives, The Forum, Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council and University of East Anglia with many other businesses offering support and involvement.
Ben Reed CEO of Equal Lives said “There is currently no event like this, it has been designed as a celebration, for people to come together and take part in the day’s activities to support an inclusive community. With as many as 100,000 disabled people living in East Anglia, we are hoping this event is the start of something big and it will continue to grow for years to come.”
There will also be additional events running a week either side of the main event in support of Disability Pride which include:
Friday 31st August - Sunday 2nd September - Martin Symons who has physical disabilities is cycling over 75 miles from Kings Lynn to Norwich using his Boma (an adapted bicycle) this will be turned into a film to show as part of Disability Pride. Find out more here
Saturday 8th September – There will be a pre-event performance by The Garage Dancers from 3-4pm outside The Forum.
Wednesday 12th September - A Very Queer Nazi Faust will be performed at Norwich Arts Centre at 8pm. It is an experimental participatory performance created by Norfolk-based poet, artist, and disability rights campaigner, Vince Laws. It highlights the plight of disabled people under the current government, you can get involved with workshops on Sunday afternoons starting in June. To find out more go to this website or contact email@example.com
Monday 17th September – There will be an Art show launched by Editor of Disability Arts Online, Colin Hambrook, at St Margaret’s Church, St Benedict’s Street Norwich and will run daily 10am-5pm until Saturday 29th September.
The Millennium Library will offer a rich programme of events from 8th to 21st September, which includes a Wellbeing Workshop for carers in collaboration with Lush, special storytime and bounce and rhyme sessions, BSL taster sessions and a round table themed around the future of Disability Pride. There are further Disability Pride event plans taking shape as you read. You can keep up to date, find out more and get involved by visiting Equal lives website, Forum website, Disability Pride facebook, twitter and instagram page.
If you are interested in having a stand, giving a talk or holding a workshop at the event sponsoring the event in any way. Please contact Penny Parker, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01508491210 (Option 4)