ALLFIE’s blog contains a selection of news items and thought pieces. Feel free to leave a comment, and if you’ve got something you’d like to say in a blog post, we’d love to hear from you .
How educational systems respond to diversity, inclusion and social justice.
Navin Kikabhai is collecting information for a research article to understand the challenges of public/academic engagement, and examine understanding and perspectives about the topic of conversation. Watch the video presentation ‘How educational systems respond to diversity, inclusion and social justice’, and answer a short questionnaire.
In Memory of George Floyd: Three Years On
In this blog to mark George Floyd’s Anniversary on 25th May, ALLFIE’s Disabled Black Lives Matter (DBLM) group highlights its ongoing dedication to challenging racial and intersectional inequality of Black Disabled people, and promoting social justice for ALL Disabled people within the education system.
Further Evidence of Violent Abuse in Specialist Settings
Blog by Amelia McLoughlan, Policy & Research Officer and Michelle Daley, Director.
ALLFIE is appalled, and yet unsurprised to see yet another investigation into the injustice of a ‘specialist’ setting, that found systematic and sustained abuse and denial of rights to Young Disabled people.
Highlighting the Intersectional experiences of Disabled Black and racially minoritized students
By Kariima Ali, ALLFIE’s Social Value in Education Researcher.
In this blog I stress the importance of thinking with intersectionality when challenging ongoing inequalities and injustices experienced by Disabled people within the education system. In particular, how the intersections of ableism/disablism, racism and other intersectional oppressions play out in practice which further increases social injustice in other areas of society.
Our Voice Project: What We Learned
During the COVID-19 pandemic, ALLFIE launched ‘Our Voice’ project, to listen to Disabled Young people’s voices and address their education concerns. Armineh Soorenian, Project Coordinator, reports back on key take away messages, including isolation and intersectional exclusion.
Turns out, being a disabled young person in lockdown isn’t great
Remmington is 16 and lives in Cheshire England. They are an ambulatory wheelchair user and are autistic. They play the flute saxophone and piano, and are passionate about music, advocacy for human rights, and analysis of film, TV and literature.
Our voice on intersectionality
ALLFIE promotes the inclusion of Young Disabled people in all discussions that relate to their lives. During the Covid-19 pandemic ALLFIE recognised that young disabled voices were being missed, so the ‘Our Voice’ project was created to encourage young people to feel safe and speak up. I have been a part of the ‘Our Voice’ project since its start and have found the sessions incredibly useful and supportive during quite stressful times.
Disabled Women on the Frontline held on 26 March
On 26th March, ALLFIE held an interactive webinar in collaboration with partners Inclusion London, Sister of Frida and guests to explore the issues for Disabled women at the frontline and leading, amplifying our voices and celebrating the contributions of Disabled Women and Girls within the disability rights movements.
Disability and Happiness
This Is Not a Contradiction in Terms says Matt Smith, London School of Economics & Political Science.
Though my upbringing was based in Liverpool, I have resided (almost continuously),since the age of 18, in London. In the years following this southward journey, my awareness of disability politics grew as I struggled to access many physical spaces (and consequently, areas of life) as an adult.