Links

Aside from the links already dotted around the blog, these are links to some of my favourite people (favourite people with blogs, that is – if I’ve missed you then shout!), websites, films and so on. I’ve tried to separate them into categories for ease of access (Disability Stuff, Queer Stuff, and People), though some stuff overlaps. I’ll try to keep adding more stuff here as I see it.

Disability Stuff

I co-direct The Disability Research Forum (DRF) at Sheffield Hallam University, with a colleague, Rebecca Mallett. We hold monthly seminars at SHU throughout the academic teaching year, and are always interested in people coming along to present their disability (and related) research. We also post updates about disability goings on, and you can also sign up to to get regular updates using the ‘sign up’ box on the right of the page.

#JusticeforLB is a campaign to seek justice for Connor Sparrowhawk. Connor was a fit and healthy young man, who loved buses, London, Eddie Stobart and speaking his mind. Known as LB online, short for Laughing Boy, he also happened to have autism and epilepsy. On the 19 March 2013, he was admitted to Slade House Assessment and Treatment Unit run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. Tragically, after #107days in the unit, he drowned in the bath on 4 July 2013. An entirely preventable death. Led by Connor’s mother, Sara Ryan, #JusticeforLB is now campaigning for a change in the law through the LBBill. You can read more about it here.

Making Space for Intimate Citizenship was a three day workshop which I was lucky enough to take part in in Toronto, Canada in September 2015. The three days were spent having conversations between disabled people with labels of ‘learning disability’, academics, service providers, Indigenous knowledge keepers, students and artists about ‘intimate citizenship’ in the lives of people with learning disabilities. The blog contains loads of really useful resources.

I absolutely love this film, Shameless: The ART of Disability. Based in Novo Scotia, Canada, it sits at the intersection of art and disability and is a brilliant one to use with students!

Tangled Art + Disability is a disability arts organisation in Toronto, Canada, who always have something exciting going on! Check out what they’re up to, particularly if you’re going to be in the Toronto area.

Queer Stuff

Action for Trans Health do really important campaigning work about trans people’s access to health care. I’m so pleased to be working for them in our Around the Toilet project! They also write really interesting and thought-provoking blogs.

I have linked to The Queering Education Research Institute‘s (QUERI) blog here, however, I get most of my information from them through following on Facebook and Twitter. It’s one I always try get students to follow as they post great articles around gender and sexuality in education. The creators, Elizabthe Payne and Melissa Smith also have some really good papers which they link from their blog.

People

If you use Twitter and are interested in disability stuff (particularly around disabled children) then you’ve probably heard of Katherine Runswick-Cole, but just in case, here’s a link to her blog!

My mate and comrade, Kirsty Liddiard, does brilliant research around disability and sexuality. Check out her work!

Sarah Smizz is a BRILLIANT graphic artist who has been a key part in the Around the Toilets project. Smizz has graphically recorded some of our workshops for us. Some of the recordings have been made into postcards, which you can use for your own toilet campaigning, and get your hands on through Action for Trans Health, or by contacting me.

I was lucky enough to study alongside Stephanie Davis when I was doing my PhD. She’s doing really important research around queer and trans people of colour in the UK.

Steve Graby is another good friend, academic and activist ally. His PhD research is called “Personal Assistance: The Challenge of Autonomy”, and within this he is thinking about personal assistance for disabled people as a form of employment, and the relationship between disabled people and PAs, through a critique of waged labour. Steve’s work is brilliant and I think something new in every conversation I have with him!

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