Further to my earlier post about comedian and writer Henry Normal’s Radio 4 programme today, Henry has told me that his disabled son, Johnny, is an artist.

Johnny has an exhibition of over 40 paintings at Phoenix Gallery Brighton throughout April. The event is called ‘Art By Johnny’.

You may like to check out his Facebook page.

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This programme was on Radio 4 this morning. It is a recording of a show performed in front of a Brighton audience by Brighton-based writer, poet and comedian Henry Normal talking about life with his autistic son, Johnny.

Writer, producer and poet Henry Normal presents a comic and poetic look at his family life
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Amanda Parker-Small
· July 13, 2017
A truly fantastic day. Proud Parkers Photography were so pleased to be part of this event. The inspirational people, both organising and attending on the day made the event such a wonderful place to... be. So many people had their photos taken in the pop up photobooth, accessible to everybody. Smiles and laughter made our day. There was so much going on, great music, food, stalls and so many people enjoying the occasion. I hope this is the first of many. If anybody would like their digital images emailed free of charge please send us a message on our facebook page Proud Parkers Photography - we will be emailing everybody in the next couple of days. Thank you for making us so proud to be part of Disability Pride. :-) See More
Phil Edwards
· July 13, 2017
Well, what an amazing day, and incredibly well organised. The message was "proudly" delivered! The event itself outperformed some one day festivals I have been to in the past. There were at least thre...e big local "names" (in the field of disability) who were not represented on the day, but that did not affect the quality of the event. Perhaps they will take part in future years! Overheard from one of the marshals - "He was fed up of the transient pedestrians complaining about the crowds,and they should just f**k off because THIS was what the day is all about". And he was right! See More
Pip Torelli
· July 11, 2017
It was amazing! So great to see everyone coming together to celebrate being themselves. Couldn't have asked for better weather. It's great to see something so beautiful come from a negative action. We...ll done Jenny & all of the organisers for making this possible, & well done to all those who attended & made the day beautiful! See More
Adrienne Williams
· July 13, 2017
What a wonderful experience and so refreshing to see SO many people enjoying a day filled with positive vibes, music and so much more. A really carefree experience with all the facilities required. A ...rare event - let's hope it happens again xxx See More
Stephen Frost
· July 11, 2017
What an amazing day. Great turnout, lots of friendly people, everyone had lots of fun, the bands were amazing, it was great to see local politicians getting involved as well as charities and other rel...evant organisations. The photo booth was great fun as well. I look forward to next year! See More
Karen Ruth Rubins-Lawrie
· July 12, 2017
Fabulous, inspiring, inclusive afternoon. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. From inspiring talks to amazing musicians and a great little community area, it was all there. Not forgetting the ...delicious food too! I would love to take part in helping organise it it next year. See More
Zelda Zemzare
· July 13, 2017
An amazing, inspiring day! It was great to be a part of this event and meet so many wonderful people. I enjoyed glittering all of your beautiful faces on the day! Thank you Jenny for organising such a...n incredible event with great atmosphere and speakers, performers. I hope this encourages other cities to organise Disability Pride too! See More
Beccy Pook
· July 14, 2017
What a great event. Creating a relaxing day out for people with disabilities and their friends and families. A vibrant and warm atmosphere in the heart of Brighton. Thanks so much for organising this ...much needed event. See More
Bryony May
· July 11, 2017
Great time, could have done with a chill out tent or a more well sign posted one if there was one? But bar that a wonderful atmosphere with lovely stalls and great performances looking forward to next years :)
Rachelle Howard
· June 30, 2017
Gr8 event 4 everyone living with any +all disabilities. Volunteer led. Disability Pride Brighton is happening on the same day as Disability Pride New York City + Disability Pride Italia. 1st Disabilit...y Pride event in our country. Raising awareness, building networks, addressing accessibility, social inclusion + inequalities #DisabilityPrideBrighton See More
Rianna Joyce Humble
· July 11, 2017
AN amazing afternoon celebrating the fact that people who live with disabilities are people first and foremost! Great entertainment, wonderful atmosphere, already counting the days until next year's event
James Tomlinson
· July 18, 2017
Had the pleasure of working on this event, well organised and well executed. We all felt part of the wider team and the organisers were fantastic especially Jenny and Billie.
Josephine Emily Butterfield
· July 16, 2017
Wow, what a fantastic festival! Both staff and tenants of my Supported Living serice had such a great day! We can't wait to get involved again next year!
Paul Tomlinson
· July 16, 2017
Last Sunday's Disability Pride was brilliant. Jenny & all the team are stars. It was so brilliant so see so many people having a great time. I am very much looking forward to next year's.
AJ Nuggets Paterson
· July 11, 2017
So lovely to see disability visibility in the city. So happy to have been's to next year!!!............Jenny :O)
Claire Nelson
· July 11, 2017
An amazingly uplifting day! Inclusivity & unity sun it up perfectly. Everyone had a ball, thanks to all involved �
Jme Anderson
· July 11, 2017
Lovely event - very happy and positive atmosphere, fab music and interesting people. Well done guys!
Jenny V Skelton
· July 3, 2017
Wonderful event and wonderful people. It was a magical day.
Justine Pantalaimon
· July 16, 2017
Wonderful day! So well organised and everyone looked like they were having a great day. Looking forward to next years!
Charlie Skelton
· July 3, 2017
I love my mum. I am really excited to go to DPB.

We would like to introduce you to our brand new logo which has been created for us by Michele Allardyce, a local graphic designer. It is designed to be as accessible as possible to people with visual impairments but also, of course, is very ‘Brighton’!

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This is a short video about Possability People’s Get Involved Group (GIG). GIG exists so that disabled people can ‘get involved’ and get together.

Here is a link to their Facebook group.

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The Get Involved Group (GIG) brings together Brighton and Hove residents with a lived experience of disability, pan-impairment, to come together, share experiences…
Disability Pride Brighton updated their profile picture.
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Are you a disabled parent? Why not join this lovely group?

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Paul Richards shared a group to the group: Stay Up Late.

We've just heard about this fantastic new community on Facebook - Hidden Stories - which provides support for people living with and affected by conditions and ...disabilities that you can't see. By sharing stories, helpful links and fun cartoons they are bringing people together on a journey of advocacy for people with invisible conditions.

You might find it useful to join up and add your story.

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Today is World Down Syndrome Day.

Today marks World Down Syndrome Day, an occasion where people come together to raise public awareness and advocate for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down's syndrome.

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Pighog is excited to announce the launch of its first British Sign Language and English language bilingual poetry night - a rare opportunity for BSL and English language poets and their audiences to share and experience each other's work. It will feature sign language poet Donna Williams and English...

Stranded by the RAC!!!!!! The RAC wouldn’t come out to me and my Personal Assistant because the named member wasn’t present with us. They refused to help!

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Just sharing something I saw on a bus today for people with hearing loss. Sorry about the quality of the photo.

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VegfestUK Brighton 2018 has in place a number of measures to ensure that visitors with disabilities are welcome at this year’s event on March 24-25 at the Brighton Centre - see full policy in this blog here:

VegfestUK Brighton has in place a number of measures to ensure that visitors with disabilities are welcome at this year’s event on March 24-25 at the Brighton Centre:
Paul Richards shared a link to the group: Stay Up Late.

This looks like some good news for people who use wheelchairs

A wheelchair user boards a bus. Wheelchair users are to be given enhanced rights for bus travel, the government has announced, after a landmark supreme court judgment. The transport minister, Nusrat Ghani, has promised to improve access to spaces on vehicles that are intended to be reserved for disa...

We had the pleasure of attending several events at the B Right On festival over the last few weeks which was organised by the wonderful volunteers of Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum. You may remember that we - Disability Pride Brighton - enlisted their help to support us in organising our last Disability Pride event. We are happy to announce that they will again be helping us to organise this year’s Disability Pride Brighton festival on Saturday, 14th July 2018.... They are a wonderful team and it was fabulous to be able to contract them to work with us last year and to use their expertise of arranging events for disabled people.

This photo was taken on Saturday - Billie Lewis, Chair of the B&H LGBT Community Safety Forum, AJ, his wonderful assistant with me (Jenny) in the centre.

The photo was courtesy of Proud Parkers Photography whose mobile photography studio - and their props - provided so much fun at last year’s Disability Pride festival and they will be attending again this year. It wouldn’t be the same without them!

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