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The latest news from Difference.


2 March 2021

Back in December, we marked International Day of Disabled People with a celebratory showcase called SHINE. Highlighting a selection of just some of the creative, disabled talent from across our region.     It has been curated by:   Richard Boggie (Bogsey) – poet, playwright and disability campaigner at Difference North East. Ruth Patterson – lead singer with… Read more »

Digital Accessibility – Barriers Survey

12 February 2021

The aim of this survey is to gather feedback from disabled people in the north east about the problems they face when using online systems and services. The results will help inform Difference’s North East Digital Accessibility project, funded by the National Lottery, so that we can provide suitable support and resources to help overcome… Read more »

Trustee Opportunities (Voluntary)

2 February 2021

Difference North East is a user-led charity, which means we are run by disabled people for disabled people.  Our aim is to make the North East a better, more equal society for disabled people to live, work and study. We want to achieve change at the highest levels, advocating and campaigning for equal rights, and… Read more »

Members’ Advisory Panel

12 January 2021

Difference North East – Members’ Advisory Panel  Difference is looking to strengthen our member involvement so that our work reflects your concerns and tackles the issues most important to you.  So, we’re setting up a Members’ Advisory Panel of volunteers, and we’d like to hear from you if you would like to be involved.  We want the… Read more »

Difference Strategy – Your feedback wanted!

18 December 2020

After a busy year, our thoughts turn to the future. We have listened to your feedback and have drafted a 3-year strategy – we’d love to know what you think. Difference strategy 2020 We have also created an Accessible Presentation Video, with photo-symbols and BSL. Please send any comments to richard@differencenortheast.org.uk by 15th January 2021.

Guest Blog by Lucy Reynolds

16 October 2020

My name is Lucy Reynolds and I am a public speaker, academic researcher, writer and advocate for disability rights. I am passionate about changing perceptions of disability through sharing the insights and knowledge gained from my PhD research and first-hand through my own experiences. I also have my own blog: ‘We Are All Disabled’ https://www.wearealldisabled.org which… Read more »

Celebrating Difference Launch Event Report & Analysis

13 October 2020

What happened, what was talked about and what it meant! This report provides an analysis of the content generated at our Celebrating Difference launch event, which consisted of focus group discussions (via breakout rooms in zoom), Q&A panel discussions, feedback and audience participation. The narrative from the sessions was coded then thematically analysed and the… Read more »