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The Black Box

18-22 Hill Street

Belfast

BT1 2LA

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Join Frances Ryan in conversation for the Belfast launch of her book: Crippled - Austerity and the Demonisation of Disabled People

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In austerity Britain, disabled people have become the favourite target. From social care to the benefits system, politicians and the media alike have made the case that Britain’s 12 million disabled people are a drain on the public purse.

In this event, award winning Guardian journalist Frances Ryan exposes the disturbing reality, telling the story of those most affected by this devastating regime.

Ryan charts how in recent years the public attitude towards disabled people has transformed from compassion to contempt: from society’s ‘most vulnerable’ to benefit cheats. She gives a damning indictment of a safety net gone wrong, and demands for an end to austerity measures hitting those most in need. We’ll be hosting a live link-up with Ryan, followed by a question and answer session led by Sean Fitzsimons of Disability Action Northern Ireland.

Frances Ryan is a journalist, broadcaster and campaigner. Named one of the U.K.'s most influential disabled people by the Shaw Trust in 2018, her work has taken her to lecture halls, the Women of the World Festival, BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour and The World Tonight, BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Sunday Politics, Channel 4 News and more. Her weekly Guardian column, Hardworking Britain, has been at the forefront of coverage of austerity over the last decade. Ryan was highly commended Specialist Journalist of the Year at the 2019 National Press Awards for her work on disability, as well as shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2019. Crippled is her first book.

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All tickets for Bounce are available from the University of Atypical website by visiting www.universityofatypical.org/bounce. Where events say ‘Free’ you will have the option to make a small donation at the door if you wish, which supports disability access costs. Free companion tickets are available for disabled people needing essential assistance.

Where events are deemed most suitable for a particular age range, this is marked at the top of the event. If you have questions about age ranges or access please discuss with University of Atypical staff.  You’ll find contact and access details for all venues at the back of this brochure. For more information please visit www.universityofatypical.org/bounce or contact a member of staff on info@universityofatypical.org or by calling 028 9023 9450. Deaf people can text us via 07517 132554.

ACCESSIBILITY

University of Atypical aims to make Bounce Arts Festival as accessible as possible to all attendees. We offer the following facilities: 

  • Accessible entrances at all venues
  • Accessible toilets at all venues
  • Wheelchair spaces at all venues
  • Access dogs welcome at all venues
  • Loop systems at all venues
  • Free companion tickets for disabled people needing assistance
  • Free carer tickets for those needing essential assistance
  • Directions, parking, maps and public transport information for each venue available on venue website or by contacting University of Atypical 
  • Braille programme information available on request to University of Atypical 
  • Extended toileting/changing/hoist facilities, audio description, touch-tours, BSL translation, and captioning are available. Advance requests for these access services is essential - contact info@universityofatypical.org, 028 9023 9450 or 07517 132554 (text only). 

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The Black Box

18-22 Hill Street

Belfast

BT1 2LA

United Kingdom

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