This day of action is adopted by the Centre for Disability Law & Policy at the National University of Ireland Galway,as part of our 6th International Disability Law Summer School. We wanted to dedicate a day of our summer school to LB, because this year’s summer school is about ‘Access to Justice and Political Participation’ for people with disabilities.
The goal of the summer school is to work together in practical ways, through activism, litigation and alliance building in civil society to achieve meaningful legal and political change all around the world. Our summer school brings together a diverse group of teachers and students, including actors, activists, people with disabilities and their families, journalists, government officials, lawyers, policy-makers, and researchers.
The week long summer school started yesterday and this is what is happening today:
On our day of action we are focusing on the theme of ‘voice and choice’ and will have presentations on the topics of legal capacity and independent living from our international faculty members, including discussions about reform in Iceland, India, Kenya, Ireland, the UK, Hungary and Australia.
At the end of our day’s discussion, there will be a performance from an inclusive theatre company of people with learning disabilities called Blue Teapot. This performance will present a scene from the play ‘Sanctuary’ which is about relationships and love.
The Blue Teapot actors last week, together with members of the Inclusive Research Network, Connect People Network, and National Platform of Self Advocates of Ireland, helped to launch a private members bill sponsored by Senator Katherine Zappone as part of the ‘right to love’ campaign.
Just before Blue Teapot’s performance we will show a Youtube video to celebrate Connor’s life, and Blue Teapot are dedicating their performance to Connor’s memory.
We are very grateful to the organisers, the Blue Teapot actors, the participants and attendees at the Summer School for taking the time to learn about LB, and we hope that they will continue to spread the word about #JusticeforLB when they return home. You can read more about the Summer School in the links above or here, and you can hear more from the Blue Teapot company discussing their play Sanctuary below: