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  • Date and time: Monday 27 November 2023, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Location: Online only
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

York Disability Week 2023 Lecture

Women's lives are shaped by sexism and expectations. Disabled people's lives are shaped by ableism and a complete lack of expectations. But what happens when you're subjected to both sets of rules?

Join this fascinating conversation between journalist and disability advocate, Lucy Webster, and founder and director of Future Inclusion, Alice Maynard, as they discuss Lucy’s recently published book, The View From Down Here. Hear about the struggles, joys and the unseen realities of being a disabled woman: from navigating the worlds of education and work, dating and friendship; to managing care; contemplating motherhood; and learning to accept your body against a pervasive narrative that it is somehow broken and in need of fixing.

This event is part of York Disability Week.

About the speakers

Lucy Webster is a journalist covering disability issues in politics, society and culture for leading publications including the GuardianThe Times and the Financial Times. She is well known for the work she does to demystify disability and explain ableism to new audiences. Her newsletter The View From Down Here is one of the most prominent anti-ableism publications online. Alongside her journalism, Lucy is a vocal disability advocate, spreading awareness both on social media and as a public speaker. You can find her on Twitter: @Lucy_Webster_

Alice Maynard CBE is the founder and managing director of Future Inclusion Ltd, a consultancy working at organisational, team and individual level to bring about the changes that drive ethical and inclusive practice and promote good governance. She was previously the chair of disability charity Scope and has recently taken up the role of Chair of Council for the University of York.