Our community agrees that promoting truth, justice, and fairness takes priority”

Black Neurodivergent & Disabled People's Decolonised & Authentic Voice, Fairness & Justice Community.Healing the #physical#psychological#physiological

Our community agrees that promoting truth, justice, and fairness takes priority”

“Our community agrees that promoting truth justice and fairness takes priority” 

In January 2023, BME Volunteers CIC wrote to 430 UK Public Authorities. Our findings unveil that there is a distinct lack of “by and for” (Black-Owned or Black–led) provisions for African and African Caribbean People' compared to other ethnicities.  As an ethnic group, we compare unfairly with regard to equitable access to adequate and appropriate public services, social spaces, and activities. Often, we are aggregated as Black or Brown to meet the equality act public sector duty by decision-makers. This often leads to feelings of loneliness and depression, which can have a significant impact on an individual's visible and invisible health. 

 

Injustice is a term that is often used to describe the unfair treatment of individuals or groups in society. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many African and African Caribbean disabled people living in UK. These individuals face a range of challenges that are often overlooked or ignored by society, leaving them feeling isolated and marginalized. 

  

One of the most significant challenges faced by African and African Caribbean disabled people in London is discrimination. Despite laws and policies in place to protect disabled individuals from discrimination, many still face prejudice and bias in their daily lives. This can manifest in a variety of ways, from being denied employment and commissioning opportunities to being treated unfairly in public spaces. 

  

Another issue faced by African and African Caribbean disabled people in is a lack of access to essential services and resources. This includes everything from healthcare and education to transportation and housing. Many disabled individuals struggle to find accessible housing or transportation options, which can make it difficult for them to participate fully in society. 

  

Additionally, African and African Caribbean disabled people in London often face social isolation and exclusion. This can be due to speech and language barriers, un-decolonized Euro-centric training, a lack of understanding and awareness about disability within as well as outside our communities.  

 

African and African Caribbean Communities in the UK face unique challenges when it comes to navigating the special educational needs (SEN) system. These challenges have a significant impact on their children's education and overall well-being. We want to explore the experiences of African and African Caribbean Communities in the UK SEN system and the barriers they face. 

  

BME Volunteers CIC Equality and Disability Justice Movement explores challenges faced by African and African Caribbean Disabled People:  what is “Lost In Translation” to and from African and Caribbean service providers; a lack of understanding and awareness about SEN and Disability and Intersectionality. Many African and African Caribbean people report feeling confused and overwhelmed by the complex terminology and processes involved in the SEN and disability system. This can make it difficult for them to advocate for their children and ensure that they receive the support they need. 

  

Another barrier faced by African and African Caribbean Neurodiverse and Disabled People is a lack of fair representation and aggregated approach to diversity within systems. Many families report feeling that their gender, cultural, and linguistic needs are not being met and that they are not being adequately supported by professionals who do not understand their cultural background and communication needs. This leads to misunderstandings, feelings of frustration, and mistrust that make it difficult for our community to engage with the system. To contribute to needs and wants for appropriate changes. 

  

Additionally, African and African Caribbean Neurodiverse and Disabled People often face structural and systemic barriers that prevent them from accessing the financial support and resources they need. This includes a lack of organisational resources to have the required level of business availability needed to build capacity. 

  

Despite these challenges, however, there are also examples of good practice and success stories within the SEN and Disability system. Some families report feeling supported and empowered by African and African Caribbean professionals and service providers who take the time to understand their needs and work collaboratively with them to ensure that their children receive the best possible support. 

“Our community agrees that promoting truth justice and fairness takes priority” 

In conclusion, African and African Caribbean Communities in the UK Neurodiverse and Disability system face a range of challenges that can have a significant impact on their children's education, house, living environment health, and well-being.  

 

These challenges are often rooted in a lack of understanding, representation, and systemic barriers. However, there are also examples of good practice and success stories that demonstrate the importance of us coming together to build collective capacity, and culturally appropriate and collaborative approaches to support and advocacy.  

 

It is essential that African and African Caribbean Equality and Justice Communities come together to work towards greater “by and for” diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility for all families. 

 

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Black Neurodivergent & Disabled People's Decolonised & Authentic Voice, Fairness & Justice Community. Healing the #physical #psychological #physiological 

 

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