DISABLE STEREOTYPES OF DISABILITIES 2017(#DSOD2017)

2017 THEME

DISABLE STEREOTYPES OF DISABILITIES

2017's theme focused on disabling the stereotypes associated with disabilities. Inspired by our founder's experience with grief at the time, we dedicated 2017 to making those with disabilities feel fairly represented, respected and exposed to more opportunities. 

Many people are not aware of just how many conditions are seen as disabilities and the way it affects a person's confidence, self esteem and self worth.

 

Lydia became passionate about this theme after realising a lot of people think you must look or behave a certain way to have a disability which therefore meant a lot of 'normal looking people' suffer in silence. We can't always see disabilities and when we can see them, it doesn't mean people are limited in what they can do or defined by their disability.

We aimed at the end of the year to change society's perceptions of those with disabilities and bridge the gap of misunderstanding/ignorance between the disabled and non disabled communities. 

Our inaugural show took place on the 10th of November, 2017 at The Venue @ DMU. Nearly everyone from the models, designers, speakers, host and volunteers had an invisible or visible disability to show that they are just as capable as anyone else to be creative and be show stoppers! Those who took part and weren't disabled had to learn how to work with people they wouldn't normally work with. Both parties learnt how to assimilate and understand each other. 

The show was nothing less than a success with over 200 guest, some even travelling down from Coventry and Nottingham to attend!

It was an inspiring night of fantastic designs, gorgeous models, extraordinary performers, inspiring speakers and a heartfelt message from our founder who organised, produced and managed the project. We couldn't have pulled it off without the support of all the participants, organisations, members of the public and institutions who helped make the night a success. For that we want to say a huge THANK YOU!

VIEW MORE PHOTOS OF OUR SHOW HERE:

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20th October, 2018

 

Our Founder has been asked to go to Parliament next month as a City Of Sanctuary ambassador to talk about the affects of not being able to work whilst waiting for residency/papers in the UK.

Thousands of asylum seekers/refugees die in the process and we are joining the fight to change the system. Soon there will be a vote on whether the UK should allow them the right to work while waiting for stay.

How You Can Help?

You could simply send a short email stating that you support and recognise the idea that asylum seekers and refugees have a lot to offer to UK society etc.

 

Your contribution would help change the world one step at a time.

MP’s Email: 
jon.ashworth.mp@parliament.uk

MP’s Address: 
Floor 10, 60 Charles St,�Leicester, LE1 1FB

LYDIA UNSUDIMI
TO SPEAK 
AT 'SANCTUARY 

IN PARLIAMENT'