Photo exhibition – Access All Areas
This photographic exhibition presents a series of images taken by young people with living in the London Borough of Hackney. The project has been run in conjunction with the young people and the Hackney Ark, a NHS centre based in Hackney which serves children and young adults with neuro-disability. Over the summer period the group visited various venues across the Borough and used a camera to capture their views around disability access.This project highlights the challenges and facilitators around accessing public venues. Every young person with a disability has the right to be able to access their community. They have the right to equal access to cultural, artistic and leisure activities. This is a human right.The ‘social model’ of disability draws on the idea that it is society that disables people through design that meets the majority without disability. Whilst an individual may have a physical, intellectual or psychological impairment this does not have to lead to disability unless society fails to accommodate and include them. One of the challenges around disability access is ensuring that it meets the needs of all disabled individuals. To meet this challenge we need to be guided by the experts: the person living with a disability.One of the aims of this project was to create a forum for young people who are living with a disability and empower them to be the voice for themselves and other young disabled adults.This project not only aimed to increase the self-advocacy skills of the young people involved but also to help us think as a society how disabled and non-disabled individuals can work together towards a positive future where disabled young people can Access All AreasThis exhibition will be running at the Hackney Picturehouse on Mare street from September 28th to October 14th. There will be a private view on October 4th. Please call the Hackney Picture house on 0871 902 5734 for further details on the exhibition.