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Equality Forum at GMCDP!



This one looks like its going to be a corker! - event link at the the bottom



Sport and Disabled People



18th August 2016



We are pleased to announce that long-time disabled athlete, campaigner and sport enthusiast, Bernard Leach, will be speaking and stimulating debate at our next Equality Forum on 18 August.



During the summer of another Olympics / Paralympics, let’s discuss:



• Whether it’s possible for disabled people to enjoy sport without being seen as ‘super crips’.



• Can disabled people’s sport be mainstreamed? Or is ‘segregated inclusion’ all we can expect?



Bernard Leach says …



“I got involved in the disabled people's movement through Manchester Disability Athletes which I was introduced to by Neville Strowger in 1980. The story about how that happened is in a recent R4 broadcast.



In 1981 I went down to the national disability games at Stoke Mandeville with Neville and others from the MDA club. I represented the club in swimming and was later selected to swim for Great Britain in the internationals to be held later that year… To cut a long story short, I contacted the Anti Apartheid movement and publicly withdrew from the internationals as I found out that an Apartheid-based South African team was participating. Through that I became involved in the Disabled People's Liberation Network, the Union of Physically Impaired Against Segregation (UPIAS) and the Disabled People Against Apartheid campaign. So that's how I became involved in disability politics



More recently I have become interested in the politics of disability sport again, to see whether it had changed from what I saw as the patronising and autocratic set up that I found in 1981. I have found that there is still a lot bubbling under the surface with regards to elite disability sports and that it is certainly worth discussing to try and dig a little deeper into these issues, for example:



• The cyborgification of the paralympics.



• The costs of the technology (a custom built racing wheelchair can cost over £3000).



• The implied hierarchy of disabilities (with wheelchair athletes at the top).



• The dubious objectivity of classification systems.”



The venue may change depending on number of people attending. But it will always be in a wheelchair accessible building in the city centre, and with public transport links.



Please contact us to let us know you are coming and find out where the next Forum is being held.



This is a great opportunity for disabled people of all ages living in Manchester to come to debate and discuss topical issues important to disabled people.



Come along – suggest other topics to discuss.



This is your discussion time!



*Please let us know you are coming, so we are sure we have enough space.*



Contact Linda by phone or email letting us know your access requirements.



Forums will be held 6:00–8:30pm on the third Thursday of each month in Unit 4 at the Windrush Millennium Centre, 70 Alexandra Road, Moss Side, M13 7WD.




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