Building Understandings: Child, Youth, Family and Disability Conference

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Date: 10 June - 11 June 2014
Venue: Room 1C08, Glenside Campus
Time: 10:30 - 16:30

We would like to invite disabled children, young people, their parents and carers (we would like to include people with physical, sensory and cognitive impairments as well as those people with mental health issues), as well as activists and academics in the field of disability studies and childhood studies to present at and to attend the event.

Students are also welcome to attend and or to present.

This year's conference theme is 'Building Understandings'.

We're inviting contributors to talk about changes in the lives of children, young people and their families and suggest that you might like to address some of the following questions.

How can we build understanding between:

  • Children and professionals?
  • Parents and professionals?
  • Parents and children?
  • Professionals and professionals?
  • Parents and parents?
  • Children and children?

Day one

It will include accessible presentations and discussion points as well as opportunities to take part in workshop activities (more details to follow).

Day two

It will include more formal presentations, but we will particularly welcome presentations or discussion papers that tell a story, share a skill, some information or research in ways that try to be as accessible and creative as possible - for example, that use a range of presentations styles and media including photography, video and artwork.

Keynote speakers

We are very pleased to tell you that the programme includes:

  • Dr David Abbott, Norah Fry Research Centre, Bristol, about real issues in researching with young disabled people about their experiences
  • Bridging the Gap, New Bridge School in Oldham - a presentation by young people about getting into employment
  • Dr Deborah Phillips, Cornwall College, Combined Universities of Cornwall, who will speak about her personal childhood, practice and academic/research experiences of 'learning difficulties' and what needs to change to build better understandings.

There will also be sessions by disabled young people and adults reflecting on childhood, parents, students, academics and practitioners from a range of professions.


Please register your place, stating any access requirements, at least two weeks before the event.

Want to make a presentation?

Please send email a short description of the ideas for your presentation to Tillie Curran by 1 May 2014.

Cost: Free
Contact: Tillie Curran

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