Recently our Deputy Director, Dr Angharad Beckett was pleased to be asked to be the Keynote Speaker at a Council of Europe and European Network on Independent Living Study Session for young disability activists. The focus of the session was Citizenship and Political Participation. She enjoyed meeting young activists (18-35yrs) from across Europe – including from Serbia, Italy, Moldova, Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Turkey, France – and learning from them about progress in relation to disability rights in their home countries. Angharad’s Keynote was on ‘The Personal is Political’. She spoke of the history of that concept and how it relates to disability politics. She also considered the issue of intersectionality.
Whilst at the Council of Europe Angharad was interviewed about a) the political participation of young disabled people; b) broader issues relating to various issues disability politics and oppression, the role of allies (and need for self-reflexivity), the social model, ableism and ability-expectations, austerity and poverty.
Short video clip on political participation of young disabled people: CLICK HERE