In line with Manchester Histories’ mission to deliver projects, events and activities with people and communities that reveal, share and celebrate Greater Manchester’s diverse histories and heritage, the aims of this years festival are:
- To raise awareness in the general population of the significance of this ground-breaking legislation and those other legal instruments for which it paved the way (including the DDA 1995 and The Equality Act 2010).
- To provide an historical and future orientated perspective on disabled people’s* lives in the UK including the positive developments that have taken place, current uncertainties and future directions.
- To provide a platform for disabled people to express their voices through performance, music and co-designed creative activity.
- To celebrate the life and achievements of Alf Morris (late Lord Morris of Manchester) and those with whom he worked.
- To spotlight, amongst the vast diversity of disabled people, everyday role models who are neither heroes nor victims but whose positive, ordinary and occasionally spectacularly talented lives make our whole society richer.
- To encourage a present-time, open and critical debate about the promotion of equality for disabled people to the benefit of all in society.
- For disabled people, on their own terms, to author the past, current and potential futures of their citizenship, contribution and participation in the UK. This is a position of empowerment and possibility that would not have been possible without that initial piece of legislation which we honour in these events.
*By ‘disabled people’ we mean any person who identifies as being disabled, neurodiverse and/or have a long-term health problem or chronic illness.