Neurostages | Keynote Presentation: Jess Thom | Fri 15 Oct



When: Fri 15 October, 10.45 - 11.45am

Where: in person at the CCA and online, via Zoom (screened in CCA).

Jess Thom of Touretteshero will make a keynote presentation titled Disability Culture in a Time of Pandemic. A 45 minute presentation introduced by Aby Watson followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

Disability Culture in a Time of Pandemic

Touretteshero co-founder Jess Thom examines and reflects on the barriers and opportunities that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic. Jess will explore some of the ideas and solidarity cultivated by disabled and neurodivergent communities over the last 18 months, asking her audience to consider how we can work together to shape a world that suits the broadest spectrum of bodies and minds. As institutions spin back up, Jess argues that now is the ideal time for deep rooted creative action to disrupt normative privilege and build a truly inclusive and socially just sector.

“When you hear people say we have to learn to live with the virus, that only makes sense if we’re all learning to live with it, and if we’re doing it with tools that are going to keep everyone safe.”

“The response to COVID-19 has revealed how quickly change can happen when it’s deemed to be in everyone’s best interests. It reveals that nothing we think of as being unchangeable, actually is. Now we all know this, I want to see more action when it comes to eliminating systemic inequality.”

Joining Online

The Zoom link for this event will be available to ticket bookers from this page on the day of the event.

Please return on Fri 15 October at 10.45am to join.

Keynote Speech

This event is due to start at 10.45am on Zoom. Join using the link below.

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This event is included within the NEUROSTAGES festival ticket and cannot be booked individually. The festival ticket is Pay What You Wish from £0 to £25 and can be booked here.