Disability History Month: The intersection of being Disabled and a person of Colour

After our project finished for theIntercession of being Disabled and Black for Black History Month, we are now in the Disability History Month with the Intersection of being Disabled and being People of Colour.

We are working /collaborating with Sisters of Frida, a Disabled Women’s Collective, supported by Woolwich Centre Library. Due to the lockdown constraints, all the interviews are held over zoom.

Here are the first of the few interviews

Shura Davey
Sarifa Patel
James Lee
Fazilet Hadi

Being Black and Disabled: intersections for Black History Month

We finally wrapped up on the last of our interview videos about the intercession of being Black and Disabled in our #BlackDisabledLivesMatter for Black History Project, funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Look it up in our report/page.

Webinar recording is available on youtube

Interviews are also available on our youtube channel

Many thanks to the Royal Borough of Greenwich for funding

funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich logo

and thank you for the support of Woolwich Centre Library, Bathway Theatre, BME Volunteers and Greenwich DPAC

Webinar : Black Disabled Lives Matter

We at Culture Access are very proud to host this webinar on the 5th October to celebrate Black History Month. This is a celebration as well as a discussion on the intersection of being Black and Disabled and other identities. We welcome everybody to join us at this webinar which will have BSL and captions.

Chair – Joanna Abeyie MBE

Joanna is an award-winning, agenda-setting Diversity champion and recruiter, social campaigner, TV executive, broadcaster and journalist. As a campaigner for diversity within the publishing, TV, Radio, Digital and Creative Industries, Joanna is regularly at the centre of the diversity agenda, leading conversations around inclusion and representation.

Julie Jaye Charles

Julie is a Black Disabled activist who advocates for racial and disability equality. She‘s been campaigning for the Black disabled community for more than three decades by setting organisations, crowdfunding, and advising the government on how to better support this demographic. Jaye Charles’s success as an activist is shown through the multiple awards she has won from Lifetime achievement award, Excellence in Diversity to the Royal Association of Disabled People. One of the organisations that Julie Jaye Charles has set up, The Equalities National Council (ENC), is the only charity which is Black and minority ethnic user-led disabled peoples organisation in the UK. The organisation is also renowned for primarily focusing on delivering expert advocacy and mentoring support on behalf of BME disabled people and their carers.

Viv Cameron

Viv is a retired barrister and former training and development officer on the executive Committee of the National Black Crown Prosecution Association. Due to chronic pain issues she identifies as disabled. As a black feminist, she is currently is active in the voluntary sector as Chair of the South East London Wool and Textile Festival. (SELWAT) and CraftA, a community arts group working to make creativity a right for everyone. She abhors hypocrisy in public life and is interested in social and creative egalitarianism, political intersectionality, charity and social enterprise compliance. She is a keen brainstormer and sometime textile artist.

Yannick Nyah

Yannick is a Founding Board Member and Director at BME VOLUNTEERS CIC, a service and goal-oriented person, with 17 years background in physical, emotional and psychological well-being best and bad practices. Yannick’s core competencies include quantitative and qualitative analysis, active listening, some complex problem solving, community outreach and engagement work, excellent communication and time-management skills.

The role requires handling multiple stakeholder, staff and client work with, accuracy and efficiency. Suffering with mental health challenges, somewhere on the spectrum and a recovering alcoholic. In 2017, he had a bicycle accident which left him needing a major knee operation and disabled. This is what has lead to his career choice today.

Maya Meikle

I am 22 years old and I have a disability. I was born with Hemiplegia, a form of Cerebral Palsy, as well as my twin sister. I am outspoken when you get to know me but, sometimes very quiet. My disability has affected me in so many ways, emotionally and physically. I am very conscious about how I look, and what people think of me. I do not like to be in the spotlights. My disability affects the right side of my body which causes a weakness in my movement. I was 3 months premature with my twin sister. I am very petite in size and weight due to my disability. As I grew older, I learnt how to accept my disability a little bit more, but I am still working to fully accept that ‘its ok to be different. As part of my degree studying Digital Film Production, I made a mini documentary about disability. For this project I wanted to create a platform where young black women who have a disability can tell their stories about what it is like living with a disability and how it impacts their day to day life. What barriers they come across and how they deal with it.

Maya’s documentary https://youtu.be/l4Qqn_idUSg

Register for Webinar https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/culture-access-28016946337. URL for webinar will be posted to those who registered.

We are working with BME Volunteers, Greenwich DPAC . Thank you for the support from Woolwich Centre Library and Bathway Theatre, Greenwich University.

Funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich for Black History Month 2020

Black History Month event

Black Disabled Lives Matter with thanks to @jtknoxroxs for the image

We are very happy to announce that we were successful in our application to Greenwich #RBG for two Black History Month events.

There will be a webinar on 5th October and a small interview and videoing event on the 10th October.

See more information at this post on the webinar

Register for Webinar https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/culture-access-28016946337. URL for webinar will be posted to those who registered.

We are working with BME Volunteers, Greenwich DPAC . Thank you for the support from Woolwich Centre Library and Bathway Theatre, Greenwich University.

Funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich for Black History Month 2020

If you’re interested in being a participant, do write to us at eleanor@cultureaccess.co.uk or send us a tweet at @cult_access

From Fleur – Pride solidarity cookies

cookies with red colours

This is part of a new project – virtual cooking for friends during #COVID19)

Fleur Perry joins us in adding her own favourite recipe. We look forward to having more favourites from her.

— This year has been unkind to everyone, and many people have responded with kindness.

Everyone’s locked down, some of us are even still shielding, and the only way any of us are getting through this is by supporting each other. I’ve started thinking of this as Mutually Assured Survival.

There’s been a lot of people who have spotted when I’ve floundered, and sent me exactly what was needed at exactly the right moment. At least half of these people happen to fly the rainbow flag, and so I’ve chosen to make Pride cookies as a way of saying thank you. I won’t embarrass you by saying who you are, but you know.

I made them originally during Pride Month, but you can eat solidarity cookies at any time of year. There’s no rules. Just crunchy chocolaty goodness.

Cookies won’t solve the problem of some LGBTQ+ disabled people being locked down with and relying on unsupportive family or care staff. I know people in this situation, and the pandemic has made it much harder, if not impossible, to live independently for the first time, or change care provider, or hire new PAs.

Cookies will not change the fact that when travel becomes safer, there are still some places where some of my friends won’t be safe. There are some destinations which will never get my money, until everyone else can go there too.

Cookies can’t remove accessibility barriers to events, meaning that even when people can be together again, some will still be left out. Ramps and accessible toilets and quieter spaces and video subtitles and so on are all well-established ideas; exclusion is unnecessary.

… but cookies do taste good!

Find the recipe on Pride Solidarity cookies page

Fleur, white woman with hair tied back with glasses and a big smile, in a wheelchair with a tup with zig zag rainbow stipes.
Fleur Perry

Fleur enjoys experimenting with new recipes and cooking old favourites. Always assisted by someone who can take care of the chopping, lifting, and mixing, Fleur’s role in the kitchen is to create new flavour combinations, find ways of changing recipes to include what she has in the house or to work around her intolerances, and to lick the bowl.



For Dennis – chicken noodle soup, variations on a theme

chinese chicken noodle soup

This is part of a new project – virtual cooking for friends during #COVID19)

I suggested a tortilla bake for Dennis previously but after a long conversation (about food and access to food among other topics) we realised that we have not heard about food and access needs for autistic people. The need for textures and ease for swallowing. Each person has their individual needs and I made this for her to follow with her PA.

Find the recipe on the Easy Chinese chicken soup and noodles page.



Stuffed Chinese cabbage for Jo

( This is part of a new project – virtual cooking for friends during #COVID19

I’ve known Jo Verrent for a long time before she took up her present role. We were discussing, among other things, the role of cuisine in culture I think. However, Jo said she had a chinese cabbage and some dried mushrooms (porcini) in her copboard to cook. So I came up with this recipe. I didn’t have any porcini mushrooms so I substituted with shitake mushrooms.

see the full recipe at the Stuffed Chinese cabbage for Jo page

tortilla bake for Dennis

( This is part of a new project – virtual cooking for friends during #COVID19)

It feels like I’ve known Dennis Queen, from campaigns we participated together, for a very long time. Recently, we had some time together when they came down from Manchester to lead a music workshop for Culture Access. I thought it would be good to suggest a dish for their family, a mixt of vegan/vegetarian and meat eaters, young and older members. I asked what they would like and came up with this dish that can be served as a main meal or as a side dish. It might be a good TV or Netflix dish to have together as it resembles nachos.

See the full recipe at the Tortilla bake for Dennis page.

Fried fish for Frieda

( This is part of a new project – virtual cooking for friends during #COVID19

This current coronavirus pandemic means that for many of us, disabled people with social isolation, are restricted to virtual meetings.

As it means no eating together – here’s a new project in that we would cook a dish with the friend in mind and share it here. The recipes here are not expert cooking but shared with love.)

My friend, Frieda Van Der Poll, used to help me in Coventry to do all sorts of things – one of which, is to help me cook. She also supported me in access auditing and organise projects for Connect Culture. Now that I moved to London, we don’t have much of those opportunities anymore. When we had a conversation lately, I discovered that she has become a pescatarian and we (of course) discussed recipes!

So this dish is for Frieda, something we would definitely enjoy together. It is very simple.

See the full recipe at the Fried fish for Frieda page.

Vegan linguine for Rob

plate of linguine with creamy coconut sauce
plate of linguine with creamy coconut sauce

( This is part of a new project – virtual cooking for friends during #COVID19

This current coronavirus pandemic means that for many of us, disabled people with social isolation, are restricted to virtual meetings.

As it means no eating together – here’s a new project in that we would cook a dish with the friend in mind and share it here. The recipes here are not expert cooking but shared with love.)

Rob (instagram @veggielad) is a vegan – he is also my friend Holly’s husband, and I was invited to their lovely wedding not so long ago. I feel guilty that the last time we ate together, there wasn’t a proper vegan dish on the restaurant menu. Hence I am offering this – in place of a proper meal which will have to wait till the pandemic and my social isolation ends. I thought this might be a good simple dish to share – with all ingredients that can be found in a store cupboard. This is such an easy dish that Naomi and I made it together while watching an episode of Chinese drama (explanation of the sound in the background.)

See the recipe at the vegan linguine dish for Rob page