Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Law and Policy in the UK (with Marie Tidball)

by | Jan 29, 2018

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Interviewee: Marie Tidball

Dr Marie Tidball is the Co-ordinator of the Oxford University Disability Law and Policy Project, a research associate at the Oxford Centre for Criminology and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, and also a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.

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Interviewer: Kira Allmann

Kira Allmann is the OxHRH Communications Director and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. Her current research focuses on digital inequality, exploring community-driven grassroots solutions to closing the digital divide. She leads several research projects, using ethnographic methods to study the role of community-owned internet networks, local digital skills training, and public internet access points in promoting digital inclusion. Kira is also a research partner of the Whose Knowledge? campaign, which works to center the knowledge of marginalized communities on the web. She completed her DPhil in Oriental Studies (Islamic World) at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and also holds an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (University of Oxford) and a B.A. in Government and Linguistics (The College of William and Mary).

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Almost exactly a year ago, in January 2017, the UK Department of Education published a report by the Disabled Students Sector Leadership Group (DSSLG) which offered guidance on how universities and other higher education providers could better support disabled students. In short, the report found that institutions of higher education could do much more to make learning and teaching more inclusive for disabled students. This February the University of Oxford will be hosting a conference on Disability Law and Policy to mark the launch of the newly established Oxford University Disability Law and Policy Project, headed by Dr Marie Tidball. In this episode, Marie talks about disability rights and the importance of teaching a new generation of lawyers about disability law.

The Disability Law and Policy Project aims to put disability law at the centre of learning and teaching in the law curriculum. This conference will focus on legal issues affecting persons with disability, at the intersection of gender, race, age, sexuality and class, in the interest of promoting the intellectual study of disability and its relationship with domestic and international law. Registration is free and open to the public.

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Interview with: Dr Marie Tidball (University of Oxford)
Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

[Released: 29 January 2017]


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