Remote Campaigning, Working and Living: The Impact on Our Ability to Influence Social Change – 24 Feb 2022 – Online Resilience Forum

Remote Campaigning, Working and Living: The Impact on Our Ability to Influence Social Change – 24 Feb 2022 – Online Resilience Forum

Topic Remote Campaigning, Working and Living: The Impact on Our Ability to Influence Social Change – Simone Aspis
Date Thursday 24 February 2022
Time 16:00 – 17:30 GMT
Location Online (please arrive in the online platform 5 minutes prior)

The Resilience Forum is for ANYBODY (with a pulse!) involved with or interested in resilience research

Session Summary
For the past two years we have been living our lives virtually, where for many of us, our work, socializing, leisure and learning and accessing services has been done through a range of social media platforms, Twitter, Facebook, Zoom and MS Teams. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, most of us have been living at home or with family / partners. Now we are moving out of the Covid-19 pandemic, with many of us still finding ourselves working from home with no real prospect of any in-person events, conferences, lobbies and  the like, I am asking what is happening to our community and impact on our ability to affect social change in the future.

At the start of the paramedic I completely understood our retreat to the virtual world and the comfort of our own homes, with this deadly covid-19 infection that no one really understood other than that hundreds and hundreds of disabled people were dying on a daily basis. Now, with the vaccination roll out, a greater understanding who is affected, covid-19 variant being less serious and moving out of the winter months, I very much hoped we would be aiming for more staff gatherings, in-person campaigns meetings and events focusing on social change. Or should I say a move towards more hybrid ways of working, campaigning and engagement, recognising that still for some disabled people they will find leaving their homes a big physical, social and emotional challenge. So actually, hybrid ways of operating should be a win win for everyone, but there is still a lot of resistance to doing this. Maintaining the status quo is impacting upon us working together, being seen and remaining hungry for social change.

What has changed for us over the past year that prevent us from wanting to get out there again?

What needs to change so that we return to us getting out there again?

Simone Aspis
I have over 25 years of disability rights campaign work, working with a range of organisations such as People 1st, United Kingdom Disabled Peoples Council, Alliance for Inclusive Education and Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance on a range of disability rights campaigns including securing disabled peoples civil rights laws and UN Convention Rights of Persons with Disabilities being adopted by UK Government.

I do Free Our People Advocacy work – working with people with learning difficulties and autistic people who are locked up in psychiatric hospitals and want to move into the community. Currently, I am gearing up for a big Government review of the Special Education Needs and Disability framework, the legal framework that sets out disabled children and young people’s rights and entitlements to education. Please visit my lovely website:

I have been working on Heidi Crowter’s court case, she is challenging the Abortion Act on disability and human rights grounds. For more information see

During the covid-19 pandemic locked down, I have been involved in various remote campaigns involved challenging the Government’s Coronavirus legislation and stay at home regulations, which all have had a big impact upon disabled peoples’ lives. I have been involved in the Support and Action Group lead by people with learning difficulties, who have been active in various campaigns including legal challenges around people with learning difficulties that include published deaths data, covid-19 vaccination priority, psychiatric hospital community leave and visits. Since then I have written various blogs about the impact that remote working has had upon our community – some home truths!

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