Sunday, 31 October 2010

Nystagmus Network Day 2010

 On the 15th of October I travelled to Birmingham to attend Nystagmus Network Day on the 16th at QAC. I worked with LOOK charity to take part in the 'Eat your words'  campaign. It was great fun.

Transcript of video.

*Beat Boxing*
So here I am at the Nystagmus Network Day- It's lunchtime at the moment and so far it has been a really enjoyable day.I've met some really nice people, some I might stay in touch with. We've been beat boxing with the beat boxer - Rupert- from bass6. And it's just been really, really fun!

We decorated cookies to say 'Eat Your Words' behind the icing is a serious message: Restaurants and cafes in the UK often don't have braille or large print menus- this means they are breaking the disability discrimination act. The charity 'Look' wants to change that!

We recorded an audio campaign to send to restaurants and cafes in the UK asking them to change their inaccessible ways - we made some great sounds with thanks to Rupert the beat boxer!

Rupert: Chop up 30 chips please!
Rupert:Go on try 12 then!
*Chopping noise*
Rupert: Cool, they need some cooking so put them in the grill.
*whistling sound*

While we worked on the campaign, parents and carers of children with nystagmus learnt more about their child's condition in a selection of talks with medical experts.Here's what one parent had to say...

Me: As a parent are you enjoying the Nystagmus Network day?
Parent: Yes it has been very informative thank you!
Me: Good, Good. Have you been before?
Parent: Yes we have been to the one two years ago in Nottingham before.
Me: What information have you found most useful?
Parent: A lot of information about the education service and whats actually available to people with nystagmus.
Me: Would you come again?
Parent: Definitely so, yes!

As part of the outLOOK youth project team I would like to thank:
and everyone who took part in the 'Eat your words' recordings.
It really was a great day to remember!

*Beat boxing*

Monday, 25 October 2010

Childline advert

A little slideshow I made a while back about child abuse and Childline.
I realise its not really informative- It's an 'Image compilation' If you like! Anyway I like the music and I think it fits with the whole 'childline' theme. Some of the words link with the pictures I think... Sorry to any Hearing Impaired readers. If you are Hard of Hearing and would like lyrics I can publish them too - just comment to ask.

Saturday, 23 October 2010


So, After 48 hours of labour of love hear it is! Enjoy!

Transcript of Discrimination video

We are all different, some people are different because they have a disability – a problem with their bodies which means they can’t do certain things, such as they might use a wheel chair or not be able to see very well or hear very well.

1 in 5 people (adults and children) in the UK have a disability of some kind

People with disabilities tend to get on with life as normal with the help of some aids. Like a magnifier if you cannot see very well or a hearing aid if you cannot hear.

Discrimination happens when a person without a disability is mean to someone with a disability simply because they have that problem

Most people treat people with disabilities like they would treat anyone else. But some people – for whatever there reason – are particularly insensitive about that persons disability or are mean and nasty to them.

This can make you feel
Or upset

If you are being discriminated you might think that telling someone will make things a lot worse. But it doesn’t. Tell a teacher or a friend and the problem will usually get a lot better.

My experience-

Some of you will know that I do have a visual impairment, this causes me to walk with a cane. In my experience some people are just generally nasty about any disability. I have been called a benefit fraud, been told I shouldn’t use my phone even though my phone has an enlarge option, been called an attention seeker for using a cane and accused of cheating tests with my formatted papers. It is hard, yeah, but you need to tell someone if you are being discriminated. The absolute best thing to do (after telling someone) is to just ignore them. You are not just a disability – you have a personality. At the end of the day you are you and you know you aren’t a benefit fraud or an attention seeker. So just leave it – at the end of the day there will be people like that in your lives but it’s an incredibly small number of people. And if they aren’t going to be nice to you don’t bother being friends with them because they clearly aren’t worth it.

Copyright: Imogen Godwin 2010

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

This is a video I made to encourage people in my school to donate to Africa on 'international day' - as it came out the video actually got lost in my laptop - but after being rediscovered and improved here it is! The song N-dubz 'dance on' I think relates to how people who live in poverty might feel. Hope you like it!

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Why Disability Awareness should be taught in schools as part of the PSE curriculum.

I notice recently that the lack of disability awareness in children and young people is appalling. When a white cane is mistaken for a walking stick and most people have no idea what a deafblind cane is it's a definate problem. what upsets me is that -more sensitive- people with a disability may be offended by this kind of comment. When a family with young children are out and about and see a disabled person it is always good if the parent discreetly explains to their child about that persons disability and how to act around people with disabilities. This gives a child a good bit of basic information on disability. But this can be easily forgotten by primary school, when manners and general etticate around the disabled can slip.

I think that if disability awareness was fitted into the school 'well being' or 'PSCHE' curriculum there would be a much greater understanding of the problems that disabled people have to face in day to day life. The topic could cover:
Hearing impairment
Visual Impairment
Physical Impairment
Mental Disabilities and autism.
This is important because it would overcome the problem of awkwardness around the disabled and hugely reduce discrimination. Today’s children are tomorrow’s adults and they are growing up in the dark about disability. It is a fact that once in everyone's lifetime -at some point- they will meet at least one disabled person. The next generation must know how to deal with this. With 610 million people worldwide with a registered disability (that's 10 - 20% of each country’s population) a disability awareness topic is essential.

In conclusion:
It is a right that all humans must be treated as equal. There is a law on disability discrimination on employment and facility access terms. This is an important law but playground discrimination affects a person before

Please comment and feel free to contact me with any queries you might have.