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Getting positive about disability

A series of themed events is set to run in the county throughout the week of 3-7 December. 

The events are part of the Disability Positive project, a partnership of local people and organisations working together to improve the lives of disabled people in Herefordshire.  The objective of Disability Positive is to improve the participation of disabled people in all aspects of society.

The week’s events include exhibitions, seminars, a public information event and performing arts events.  Laurence Clark, stand-up comedian, writer, actor and disability rights campaigner, will be performing at the Starlite Rooms, Hereford United Football Club on 6 December.  Speakers at other events include Richard Rieser, Simone Aspis, Mark Shrimpton, Peter Coleridge and Baroness Pitkeathley.

Harriet Yellin, diversity officer from Herefordshire Council, said:  “We have a really varied programme of events during Disability Positive week, ranging from disability sport to a presentation on international development.  So we hope that there’s something for everyone, both disabled and non-disabled.”

Sylvie Nicholls of Herefordshire Disability United, said: “We know that getting out and about can be really difficult sometimes, particularly for disabled people.  So it’s important that people tell us if they need help to attend an event, because we will do what we can to help. For example, we might be able to give someone a lift if they don’t drive.”

Full details of all the events can be found online at Disability Positive,  programmes are also available in council customer service offices around the county, or you can request one by calling 01432 383627.