Buffet Lunch, 12.30pm
Speaker: Philip Connolly, RNIB, Independent living Campaigner
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The Convocation Suite is located in the Centenary Building on Spencer Street, off St John Street, EC1V 4PB
Changing the storyline: disability led recovery and the purple pound
This seminar will focus upon the contribution being made to society and the UK economy by disabled people, and how that contribution could grow to if disabled people were to able to fulfil their potential as employers, employees, inventors, consumers and agents of social capital.
The seminar will ask the audience to complete the picture by bringing their own contributions to answer the question - "What could disabled people contribute to the economic recovery of the UK if they were able to realise their full potential?" Part of the seminar will be devoted to discussion groups in which those attending will be able to share their own knowledge and insights.
The seminar will be used to challenge negative media images of disabled people as simply unwelcome recipients of benefits and set a new tone based upon disabled people being adaptive people in a society having to adapt to rapid change.
Finally the seminar will aim to start new thinking and vision on what it means to be inclusive. We hope a dialogue will emerge from those attending on new issues including combating internalised stigma, resilience planning (i.e. absorbing shocks and moving to a state of equilibrium) and liberation technology (i.e. using technology to empower individuals and communities).
Philip Connolly has worked for RNIB for close to five years as their employment campaigns officer and is partially sighted himself. Prior to this he has worked as a campaigner on peace, developmental and environmental issues.