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On the 25th March 2019, the European Network on Independent Living hosted an international conference on the present and future of personal assistance in Europe. With activists, policymakers, scholars, and civil society organisations in attendance, it was an opportunity to discuss the significance of personal assistance as a right for...

This document is a Tribute to Professor Michael Oliver. It has been co-authored by some of his many friends, disabled activists, Centre for Disability Studies (Leeds) members and colleagues from overseas. We do hope that this Tribute will be understood in the spirit that it was intended. As a series...

In this second blog (click here for 1st) posted as part of our tribute to Professor Michael (Mike) Oliver (1945-2019), Disability Studies pioneer, students at the Centre for Disability Studies (University of Leeds) reflect on the importance of his work for them. What follows has been written by students taking...

At the Centre for Disability Studies we were very sad to hear of the death of Professor Michael (Mike) Oliver on 3rd March 2019. Since we posted the sad news to the @CDSLeeds twitter timeline, we have received so many beautiful messages about Mike his influence, impact and legacy. In...

Recently Miro Griffiths, Teaching Fellow in Disability Studies, interviewed Michelle Daley, prominent activist. This interview was initially recorded for our MA Disability Studies students, but we are now making it available online (with Michelle’s permission). Michelle and Miro discuss disability activism and intersectionality. There are no subtitles (please note that...

The World Report on Disability estimates that approximately one in five people in the world have some form of ‘disability’ – a characteristic which is strongly associated with socio-economic disadvantage.  3 December was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities – an annual event dating back to 1992. The theme for this year...

In the third blog written by one of our PhD students, Gemma Carr introduces herself and her important research into the experiences of Service (Armed Forces) Children and Families of moving schools, with a particular focus on the experiences of children with ‘special education needs and disability’ (SEND). Gemma is supervised...

This is the second in a series of blogs written by our PhD students in which they introduce themselves and their research. Today the blog has been written by Jonathan Hume. Jonathan is based at the School of Sociology & Social Policy and his supervisors are Dr Ana Manzano and Dr Tom Campbell. Where...