We Shall Not Be Removed
— why good access is good for everyone
2020 has been the year that social justice movements gained new momentum. While Covid-19 disproportionately affected people with disabilities, lockdown made many non disabled people aware of barriers that others face daily — and that they had a hand in creating. So what can be learned from our new angle on the world?
In this session we will hear from two people who have driven the #WeShallNotBeRemoved campaign forward this year.
We’ll explore how the language we use can affect who engages with our organisations; how the stories we tell can leave some people out altogether; and how we can change the narrative, no matter what our job is.
What will I gain?
— An understanding of what you can do in your role to foreground accessibility
— Insight into invisible barriers and how to challenge them
— Empowerment for making change
This session will be recorded and included in the Access All Areas Pass.
Becky Morris Knight | Arts Comms Freelancer
Becky is an arts communications and marketing freelancer, with a focus on access, inclusion, creativity and equality. She has been working in the arts for over 15 years, across different sectors and organisations including an ongoing relationship with Drake Music, leaders in music, disability and equality. With Drake Music she is involved in advocacy campaigns across the education and arts sectors, creative comms and digital curation as part of the artistic development programme and ongoing strategic direction of the organisation’s brand and communications.
Jo Verrent | Senior Producer | Unlimited
Jo believes that ‘different’ is delicious not divergent, embedding the belief that diversity adds texture, turning policy into real action. She is currently the senior producer for Unlimited — the world’s largest commissions programme for disabled artists, working to get work seen, discussed and embedded within the cultural fabric of the UK with partners such as ACE, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland and the British Council. Since 2013, Unlimited has provided nearly £4 million to over 300 disabled artists through commissions, awards and support, making it the largest supporter of disabled artists worldwide.
Jo co-runs SYNC, examining the interplay between disability and leadership (England, Australia, Korea, Singapore and Canada).
Jo has won Cosmopolitan’s woman of achievement, is a Clore fellow, is on the board of The Space, Global Disability Innovation Hub, and the Northern ACE advisory panel. She would always like to be resuscitated.