Disability Pride Brighton

01 November 2018

“The idea for Disability Pride Brighton came about after my daughter was the victim of disability discrimination.”

“I posted about it on Facebook and I was overwhelmed by the response. It was shared millions of times in the end with many people telling similar stories of discrimination.

On the back of the huge amount of support and media coverage we received, there was a clear consensus that something needed to be done to try to get all disabilities – visible and invisible – acknowledged and accepted.

In a post, I had written ‘Disability Pride, anyone?’ and loads of people responded, so we decided to set up a meeting to discuss what people wanted. The aim was to have somewhere disabled people could celebrate being themselves without any shame, to raise awareness across the city of what it is like to be disabled and to highlight that not all disabilities are visible.

Last year was the first ever Disability Pride event in England and it has snowballed from there. It is now a city-wide event and this year’s welcomed almost 3,000 people, which included a parade from Brighton seafront to Hove Lawns, where the all-day event took place with live music, stalls and street food.

It is a good start but we still need to go further. In Brighton and Hove there are 70 organisations and community groups supporting disabled people. We really need to use the knowledge, expertise and resources of others to have a bigger impact.

We want to take a massive step towards eradicating disability discrimination and for people to be able to celebrate being themselves. It is wonderful to see disability stories, such as the Paralympics, in the news but it is also time to celebrate all disabled people living ordinary or extraordinary lives.

The project is inclusive and, with the funding, access needs can be met to reduce barriers, enabling an open-minded space that allows everyone to interact, learn from, and understand one another.

Collectively, we are building a community to fight these challenges. We want to change the perception of disability in the community so that it is seen as a natural part of human diversity.

Disability groups from other parts of the country have been in touch for advice and support to create their own Disability Pride event. I hope the event keeps growing over time and I’d really love to see a Disability Pride in every city in Britain.”

Jenny Skelton, Chair and resident

 

Disability Pride Brighton were awarded £37,820 for their ‘Disability Pride Brighton’ project, which is funded through the Trust’s Active Communities programme with money raised through The Health Lottery in the South East.

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