In conjunction with Disability History Month, we are hosting a panel discussion on Wednesday 28 November. 'Redefining my Disability' will look at stigmas associated with disability and how these are being overcome.
We will be discussingm with various examples from our panel, how disability can be turned into a positive.
Mark 'Kray-Z Legz' Antony
An independent rap artist from Bath working with various award-wininng music producers, Mark is also a full-time wheelchair user.
Check him out on Spotify (Kray-Z Legz) or visit his website here.
See a small snippet of what he will be talking about on the panel:
"For Mark Humphries, a.k.a. Kray-z Legz, life has been tough.
The 28-year-old MC and rap artist from Street, Somerset may well have spina bifida, but his challenges have not been limited to his physical condition.
Like many who turn to rap music as a way to deal with their troubles, Mark has faced the turmoil of family break-ups, financial uncertainty, and having to live independently at an early age. These experiences have defined not only who he is, but also the music he produces.
Music became a part of Mark's life at the age of 4 when his Dad bought him a violin. In the years that followed Mark found that he could turn his hand to most instruments and by the time he was 15 he was proficient in writing his own songs. His latest album, 'Man of the Street', has been added to iTunes and has been produced by renowned US-based producer Domini, who has worked with top artists including Eminem."
A 1st Year UWE Bristol student studying Primary Education, Dave is also a European Gold Medallist in Goalball; a sport for those with visual impairments played by two teams who compete to score goals by throwing a ball that emits audible sound when in motion.
Check out his video here.
Associate Head of Department, Allied Health Professions.
"An Occupational Therapist with clinical practice and leadership experience in a range of NHS services and settings, I moved into higher education (HE) over 10 years ago to work as a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy. I have worked my way forwards in HE, through module leadership and programme leadership, to my current role of Associate Head of the Department of Allied Health Professions.
As Associate Head I hold the portfolio for quality, field leader, and our Foundation Programme for Health Professions. This involves leading the department in all aspects of quality monitoring, student assessment activity, professional, statutory and regulatory body activity, mentoring new programme leaders, and curriculum design, enhancement and approval; leading programme teams through the new programme development journey, from design to approval and later review. A significant aspect of my role is working alongside a range of people at a range of levels both within and external to the Faculty, and University. My experience and passion in curriculum design and development led to my previous role as a member of the University Curriculum Approval Panel, and my passion for leadership in my profession has supported me to become the Royal College of Occupational Therapists South West Regional Committee Chair.
As an Occupational Therapist, I appreciate the importance of occupational balance, and so outside of work I do ballet and a spot of floristry, in addition to volunteering with SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, and a local secondary school as a school governor."
More details to follow!