Will to change?

We have just completed an in-depth collaborative project with Disability Lib to find out more about what the future could hold for disabled people’s organisations. We'll be posting the drivers that Disability Lib came up with during our work with them into our drivers bank very soon – so keep an eye on the site or sign up to our bulletin if you want to make sure you catch them as they go up.

In the meantime, take a look at these great graphic summaries of what participants in a recent Foresight & Disability Lib event came up with:

Disability Lib HeadlinesDisability Lib PEST

Click on the images to take a look at Disability Lib’s headlines for the future and PEST analysis. These images are also described in plain text.

Want to find out more? Kathryn has uploaded more headlines from the future and a PEST from another partner day here.

Why not do your own? Find out how in our new Strategic analysis section, Looking Out.

Last updated at 16:35 Wed 07/Jul/10.
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Megan

Third Sector Foresight

Love the graphic summaries! Who did them?

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Jess

Third Sector Foresight

Hi Megan,

They're great aren't they? They're been put together by Graphic Change I believe.

We're working on creating our own more visually accessible in-house PESTs as well right now, although I can't promise anything as beautiful as these!

With regards to the analysis of the future of the disabled orgs future I would strongly disagree with concept of special schools being closed. I do not believe this will be so, and the only thing stopping more special schools being built is the state of the economy.

In the document 'The Coalition: Our program for government under 'schools' they make it clear they will try to stop the unecessary closing of special schools and remove the bias towards inclusion.

Inclusion cannot work without the hard work and help of teaching assistants, though once again this profession is coming under attack and public scrutiny, without some of the true facts coming through. Many TAs do go on to do further courses to improve their knowledge and effectiveness, many at their own expense. With cuts in budgets the position of TAs will become extremely vulnerable.

Without TAs in place Inclusion will simply not work, and the result will be a sharp increase in sen students being excluded.

While I do not believe that inclusion should ever have become the dogma it has become under Labour, my own fear is that in five years we will see a backlash against it, and in 20 years it will be viewed as another failed experiment.

I appreciate that the poster was probably made prior to the election, but I was under no illusion that a conservative controlled government would be bad news for inclusion.

That aside, I think these are great!

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Kathryn

Third Sector Foresight

Hi George, Thanks for your comment. It's always interesting to hear what other people think!

The futures headlines exercise is one we use to get people 'in the foresight mind'. We encourage people to think outside the box quite a lot - you only have to think 'Would someone in the 90s have been able to imagine texting?' to realise how some changes require abandoning a sense of today's restrictions. I say this so that you realise this doesn't represent Disability Lib's concrete policies!

Anyway, disclaimer aside, I guess this issue raises the idea of whether there should be separation and specialism or a more inclusive generalist approach. It's not my area of expertise I'm afraid but perhaps other people who work in this area might be keen to comment?

ooh, and I hope you didn't mind, but you can put hyperlinks in your comments (click on the world image) so I stuck the pdf in as a hyperlink in yours.

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Stephen

Third Sector Foresight

Hi George - Inclusive education is a major issue for disabled people and their organisations. The issue that came up through this work was about a vision for the future where disabled students are not excluded.

As the image shows 'above a big heading of 5 years are the words inclusive education and a image of school, a group of people with a banner reading ‘life for all and a special school with a red cross through it indicating it is closed'. It was not about the coalition government halting the building of new special schools rather it was a call for the end of segregated schooling, and the development of education systems and resources that include all children and students.

One of the Disability LIB partners, ALLFIE, the Alliance for Inclusive Education recently produced a manifesto that calls for a long-term plan to secure an inclusive education system which welcomes all disabled learners. In the manifesto, Tara Flood CEO of ALLFIE states

Inclusive education IS a social justice issue because it creates a society that values all equally - not only does it benefit disabled students, but all students, because they learn the strength of diversity and equality, lose their fear of difference, and develop empathy for others. It is as much about recognising our similarities as it is valuing and respecting our differences. Feeling part of our families and our communities from the beginning of our lives increases our sense of citizenship."

This is very much Disability LIB's position too, as it was of those people that were part of the workshop that produced the graphic images.

I believe that, historically, schools have been too focused on just producing good 'workers' that benefit business and therefore choose to segregate and exclude the 'disruptive' that are presumed to have no 'profitable' role within it. Instead, it could follow the road of facilitating engaged 'citizens' who are switched on to and keen to explore and understand further difference, diversity and the whole human expereince.

S;-)

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