Disabled People's Archive website is live

As work begains cataloguing items in the Dsiabled People's Archived, housed at Manchester Central LIbrary, you can view items from the collection on the archive's accessible website at disabledpeoplesarchive.com

Items from this treasure trove of photographs, objects, documents, film and music from disabled people’s history have also been unveiled on an accessible website developed over the winter/spring of 2020-21, and funded by the National Lottery Covid Emergency Fund.

Collage of photographs for various printed items from the archive including pamphlets, flyers and photographs
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Thursday, 9 December, 2021

Activists together again for International Day of Disabled People

On Saturday 4th December GMCDP was part of an event at the People's History Museum to celebrate the International Day of Disabled People and to promote the Disabled People's Archive and the forthcoming "Nothing About Us Without Us" exhibition on the history of disabled people's activism in the UK.

There were stalls from the Archive, the Community Curators of the exhibition, Manchester DPAC, and a group of disabled students from Liverpool University who are seeking to set up a coalition-type DPO in Liverpool.

Photograph of Dennis Queen singing and playing acoustic guitar in the People's History Museum
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Wednesday, 8 December, 2021

The state of disabled people's human rights in 2021

Last week we hosted a successful event about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People (UNCRDP) and how people in the north west of England feel about whether their human rights under the convention are being met here in the UK in 2021.

Our event was one of many taking place as part of a project with other disabled people's organisations across the country to co-produce an England civil society shadow report.

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Thursday, 25 November, 2021

In-person events for International Day of Disabled People and UK Disability History Month

We are looking forward to taking part in two in-person events in Manchester in the first week of December!

A celebration of International Day of Disabled People

Friday 3 December 2021, 12.00pm - 4.00pm
At Manchester Central Library 
£ Free

Jointly organised by Manchester City Council, Manchester Libraries and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Hands-on workshop with Venture Arts, disability history films screenings and panel discussion. 

There will be light refreshments and BSL interpretation.

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Thursday, 25 November, 2021

Revealing Disabled People’s History

We are pleased to tell you about a new GMCDP project which began on 15 October. The 3-year project, funded by Wellcome, will gradually make the GMCDP archive collection available. It is part of the Disabled People’s Archive housed in Archives+ at Manchester Central Library.

The Archive is a collection of documents, reports, books, posters, postcards, audio-visual and other material. It has all been donated to the archive by individuals and disabled people’s organisations, including GMCDP.

Illustration of a book with the GMCDP motif. White and black on bright yellow
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Wednesday, 27 October, 2021

Heidi Crowter's High Court Loss.

[Content notice for pregnancy and termination]

 

A recent high court case appeal for available termination dates for disabled pregnancies to be equalised has been lost. Guardian report about the case

Don't Screen Us Out campaign has highlighted that when a disabled pregnancy is confirmed, it may be terminated any time til birth - while other pregnancies have a much earlier cut off date. 

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Thursday, 30 September, 2021

Government Fails Disabled People Again

GMCDP is amongst a group of disabled people's organisations to speak out against the government's recently announced national disability strategy. The full text of the press release / statement is below.

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Wednesday, 28 July, 2021

Launch of research report into the state of the DPO sector in England

‘Understanding the needs of DPOs in England’ – launch of research report into the state of the DPO sector in England

We are very pleased to have contributed to this report! GMCDP ran focus groups and "mapped" the sector in the North West whilst other regional disabled people's organisations did the same in other parts of the country.

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Tuesday, 13 July, 2021

GMCDP Office Christmas closure

GMCDP’s (online) office will be closed from the close of business on Friday 19th of December until Monday 4th of January. There will still be posts on social media throughout this time.

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Wednesday, 16 December, 2020

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