Learning from the experiences of Deaf, Disabled and asylum seeking people in Bristol

Details of mural on Easton Community Centre. 1. Part of a Rainbow on blue background, painted around windows. 2. Silhouette figures in blue: A woman wearing a hijab talking to a person wearing cap, on an orange background .

Friday 10 December 2021


Easton Community Centre, Bristol

Please join us on Human Rights Day 2021 and for Disability History Month to celebrate a new mural for Bristol.

The mural has been designed by Deaf people, Disabled people and asylum seeking people in Bristol with artist Andrew Bolton and researcher Rebecca Yeo.

The mural shows the barriers we face, and how we hope things can change if we can work together.

Meet some of the team, learn from their experiences and enjoy some refreshments.

There will be BSL interpreters and audio description of the mural.

Book your free place at:


For more information, or to tell us if you have any language interpreter, access or transport needs, please contact:

Email    rebecca.yeo@bristol.ac.uk  

Phone  07812 789873  

This project is supported by:

Logos for: Bristol Hospitality Network, BRIL, Disability Murals, Eastside Community Trust, Thinking Futures Festival, Quartet Community Foundation, University of Bath and University of Bristol.

New Mural project for Bristol

Group of Black, Asian and white Disabled people of different ages and genders. Everyone is pointing to a piece of paper on a table.

BRIL and Disability Murals are inviting Disabled people, asylum seekers and refugees to join us for a new mural project.

We will be working together to make a new mural for Bristol. We want the mural to show other people about:

● Our experiences of the Covid pandemic.

● What our lives are like.

● What we want and what we need to change.

If you, or someone you know, wants to take part here is some information:

You don’t need to be good at drawing! You can put your ideas in words, drawings or photographs.

Everyone will be given everything they need to take part. An artist will then help put all the ideas together into one big mural, to be shown in Bristol.

If it’s safe we will meet up, or we can talk on the phone, or meet on the internet. We will decide together what we want other people to know about our experiences during Covid. 

When the mural is finished we will have a big celebration. We will invite people who we want to see the mural and to understand our messages.

We want people to work together to try make things better for all of us.

If you are interested and would like know more, please get in touch!

Email: andrew.bolton@yahoo.co.uk

Or e-mail: bristol.ilag@gmail.com

Or phone 07986 897234

BRIL. Disability Murals. The Quartet Foundation. University of Bath.
Logos: BRIL. Disability Murals. The Quartet Foundation. University of Bath.

This project is being funded by the Quartet Community Foundation, Joan Hawkins Grassroots Fund and the University of Bath.

Find out more about Disability Murals at:


Government Fails Disabled People Again: About us but not with us.

Press release: Wed 28 July 2021

Disabled People reject new ‘tick box’ national disability strategy.

Houses of Parliament, London, with Westminster Bridge in foreground. Image: Marcin Nowak, Unsplash

Disabled people and our organisations[i]  across the country have expressed outrage at the Government’s decision to go ahead with the launch of a national disability strategy[ii]  that is not a strategy, does not address key problems, does not reflect the issues and priorities of Disabled people and was not developed with Disabled people organisations[iii].

We have been waiting for 10 long years for a strategy that will tackle the growing poverty, exclusion and discrimination we face and set out a transformative plan for social justice, equality and inclusion. This so-called strategy does neither of these things.  

The lack of meaningful engagement with Disabled people and our organisations in the development of this so-called strategy has been so bad that a group of Disabled campaigners are taking the Government to court on the grounds that consultation was so poor as to be unlawful[iv]  

A spokesperson for the DPO forum said:

“Disabled people have been ignored yet again by this government. We know Disabled people have been disproportionately harmed by austerity, cuts to public services, cuts to benefits, a broken social care system and the Government’s on-going failure to protect and support Disabled people through this pandemic[v] . Working with Disabled people and our organisations to develop a disability strategy able to tackle these deep inequalities was an opportunity this Government has chosen to ignore. Instead, its pressed ahead with a tick box exercise producing a non-strategy not fit for purpose and that has limited credibility with Disabled people.”

Unlike the big disability charities that claim to speak for Disabled people, but do not represent us, Disabled peoples’ organisations are united in our opposition to this so-called strategy and once again call on the Government to start working with Disabled people, not against us.

Disabled people make up 20% of our population with many more people becoming disabled as a result of long covid. A key part of this governments ‘levelling up’ and ‘building back better’ agenda must be a disability strategy that embeds the Convention on the rights of Disabled people (UN CRPD)[vi] into domestic law and addresses the complex and deepening inequalities we experience. We call on the Government to put this tokenistic non-strategy aside with its raft of re-hashed policies, random actions and vague promises for future consultations, and start really working with us so we can get our equality and inclusion back on track.

[i] Names of DPO Forum England members: Alliance for Inclusive Education, Chronic Illness Inclusion, West of England Centre for Independent Living, Disability Sheffield, Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living, Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA), Equal Lives, Disability Rights UK, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, Disability Positive, Equality Together, Choices and Rights (Hull& East Riding), Breakthrough, Spectrum CIL, National Survivors Users Network, Sisters of Frida, Disabled People Against Cuts, Liberation, Inclusion London, People First,  Shaping Our Lives, Disability Stockport

[ii] Details of NDS strategy launch here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-disability-strategy

[iii] Disabled peoples organisations are organisations that are run and controlled by Disabled people.

[iv] https://www.bindmans.com/news/consultation-on-the-national-strategy-for-disabled-people-legal-proceedings-issued

[v] (C. Putz and D. Ainslie, 2020), ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by disability status, England and Wales: 2 March to 14 July 2020’. Available at: https://www.bing.com/search?q=Coronavirus+(COVID-19)+related+deaths+by+disability+status%2C+England+and+Wales+-+Office+for+National+Statistics+(ons.gov.uk)&cvid=462fd9a4a5684bcb82015f5668080029&aqs=edge..69i57.1088j0j1&pglt=43&FORM=ANNAB1&PC=DCTS

[vi] UNCRPD https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities.html

[vii] www.inclusionlondon.org.uk

[viii] chronicillnessinclusion.org.uk

DPO Forum members:

Alliance for Inclusive Education

Breakthrough UK

Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living

Choices and Rights (Hull & East Riding)

Chronic Illness Inclusion

Disability Positive/

Disability Rights UK

Disability Sheffield

Disability Stockport

Disabled People Against Cuts

Equal Lives

Equality Together

Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People

Inclusion London


National Survivors Users Network (NSUN)

People First,

Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA)

Shaping Our Lives

Sisters of Frida

Spectrum CIL

West of England Centre for Independent Living

Know Your Human Rights!

Person using wheelchair and standing Black Disabled person, pointing to Human Rights Act banner. White Disabled man raises fist. Text: Know Your Human Rights! Tuesday 27th April. British Institute of Human Rights logo. BRIL logo.
Listen to information about the Know Your Human Rights event.

Tuesday 27th April

2.00pm to 3.30pm

Please join our event with:

The British Institute of Human Rights

At this online event you can find out about

● Human rights law. 

● Real stories about Disabled people’s rights. 

● Advice about challenging local policies.

● Visiting rights in hospitals, care homes, mental health services and GP surgeries.

To book your place, or if you have any questions about the event, please email


Or text BRIL and your message to : 07592 007246

You can send questions in advance

The event will have BSL interpreters