Gaelynn Lea – The ABC of Disability, 27th Sept

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Date And Time
Fri, 27 September 2019
12:00 – 14:00 BST

Location
Benzie Building
Higher Ormond Street
Manchester
M15 6BG

Tickets available through Eventbrite

The Disabled Staff Forum at Manchester Metropolitan University are pleased and proud to host Gaelynn Lea. All staff, students, and members of the public are warmly invited to join in this exciting opportunity to hear from an award-winning musician and disability activist.

Gaelynn is a violinist and songwriter who won NPR’s second annual Tiny Desk Concert in 2016. Since then, she has been touring internationally, bringing her love of music and her passion for disability rights and disability education to audiences in seven countries. Gaelynn has osteogenesis imperfecta, a congenital disability commonly referred to as ‘brittle bones disease’. This has led, due to multiple broken bones, to her distinctive style of playing the violin in an upright position like a cello – her performances are visually arresting and emotionally stirring.

Gaelynn has generously added this special event to her already busy tour schedule. The event is offered free of charge due to the enthusiastic support of Manchester Metropolitan University. The venue (4th floor theatre in the Benzie Building) is fully accessible, with step-free access from the street. If you have an specific dietary and/or access requirements, please contact l.ryder@mmu.ac.uk by 23 September 2019.

Order of Proceedings

12:00 – Arrival and refreshments (free teas and coffees)

12:15 – Audience to be seated; Gaelynn to be welcomed to Manchester Metropolitan University by Evelyn Asante-Mensah, OBE (Equality and Diversity Champion on the Board of Governors)

12:20 – Gaelynn to deliver her talk: ‘The ABC of Disability: Raising Awareness, Eliminating Barriers & Shaping Culture’. Gaelynn Lea will share her personal experience of living, loving, and working with a disability. She will discuss the barriers that still face people with disabilities and highlight activism efforts that can help further the goal of equality for all. Gaelynn will discuss why disability inclusion is so important, and how the concept of Disability Pride can help transform our culture.

13:05 – Gaelynn to perform a few songs

13:15 – Q&A with the audience


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