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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.