Hijinx, Disability Arts Cymru and Learning Disability Wales are working together to identify the issues faced by learning disabled and neurodivergent people who are from communities that experience racism when accessing or engaging in the arts.

We are holding 3 free online Zoom sessions to look at these issues. You can join us for 1, 2 or all 3 of these short sessions. Each session includes presentations and an opportunity to ask questions and be part of the discussion.

What do we know already?

In the first session, we will look at what things are like now for learning disabled and neurodivergent communities, those who experience racism, and how Covid has affected the arts in Wales.

Andrew Ogun is the Agent for Change at Arts Council of Wales. He will share his experiences from his first year as Agent for Change, his observations on the sector and exploring the changes that need to happen for the sector to be inclusive and accessible for all.

Dr Edward Oloidi from the University of South Wales will share his research into the impact of Covid on learning disabled people in Wales.

Louise Miles-Payne, Director of Creu Cymru, will share an update on the arts sector as we emerge from the pandemic.

Wednesday 18 May 2022

10:00 am – 11:00 am

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What do communities have to say?

In our second session, we will hear from 2 community advocates, and parents of learning disabled and neurodivergent young people, about their experiences accessing support and their journeys to setting up their own organisations to create change.

Yvonne Odukwe, Autisms Hidden Voices (Newport), will share her experiences as a parent and community advocate. She will be joined by Izzy Rabey, who will talk about the work she does with Autism’s Hidden Voices.

Wednesday 18 May 2022

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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What do we need to change?

In the third session, we will hear from an incredible line up of learning disabled and neurodivergent artists and performers including Krystal Lowe.

They will share their own lived experiences and join a discussion about the things the arts sector needs to do to be inclusive and accessible for all.

Thursday 19 May 2022

10:00 am – 11:30 am

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