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Disability Sheffield Upcoming event to explore inequalities faced by BAME disabled people

Online event on 25 November will ask: What inequalities are BAME disabled people facing in Sheffield and how can these be addressed?

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Disability Sheffield

A local charity is planning an event exploring the inequalities faced by disabled people from BAME backgrounds in Sheffield, in order to generate evidence for Sheffield’s ongoing Race Equality Commission.

Disability Sheffield welcomes deaf and disabled people who are from a BAME background to join the online discussion on Wednesday 25 November (6-7:30pm), as well as people who do not consider themselves to be disabled but have a substantial long-term impairment or condition, such as autism, cancer or depression.

The event will ask: What inequalities are BAME disabled people facing in Sheffield and how can these be addressed? Discussion will be centred around the topic areas identified by the Race Equality Commission:

  • Business and Employment
  • Civic life and Communities
  • Crime and Justice
  • Education
  • Health
  • Sport and Culture

Alice Kirby, Advocacy Worker at Disability Sheffield, said: “As a disabled people’s user-led organisation we know that BAME disabled people face multi-layered discrimination and that these unique inequalities are often not identified.

"We want to challenge ourselves as an organisation to become more inclusive, but also the wider city in recognising and addressing discrimination.”

Anyone interested in joining the meeting can contact the charity by calling 0114 253 6750, texting 07541 937169 or emailing to receive a Zoom link.

The event is part of Disability Sheffield’s Part of the Solution project, which seeks to challenge institutional racism and inform the Commission, a 12-month initiative which was announced by Sheffield Council in July and is currently taking written and recorded evidence from public and organisations across the city.

Disability Sheffield describes itself as taking a ‘social approach’ to disability, rather than a medical one. This acknowledges that people with impairments are disabled by the barriers they face in everyday life, not by the way their minds and bodies work.

by Sam Walby (he/him)

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