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Dear <<First Name>>

I hope you're doing OK. I'm excited to be able to invite you to an online discussion event to discuss proposals for a better social security system. This event is part of the Commission on Social Security led by Experts by Experience and I have been involved in this project as a Commissioner.

I'm also excited to share our first video with you! The Chronic Illness Inclusion Project is all about building closer links between the chronic illness movement online, and the Disabled People's Movement, especially in the UK. That's why we've developed terms like 'energy impairment' and 'energy limiting chronic illness'. They allow us to communicate our experience of chronic illness, and advocate for our rights as disabled people. But we can't move forward without taking account of the social model of disability.

The social model is the bedrock of the Disabled People's Movement in the UK. However, people with chronic illness have often struggled to see how it is relevant or liberating for them. Our video talk by Leo Gunn explains the basics and suggests that both communities need to listen to, and understand each other better, to build solidarity. Please share it if it speaks to you.

Join our online workshop 7th October

Everyone knows current welfare benefits are failing, but what would be a better approach?
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The Chronic Illness Inclusion Project is involved in the Commission on Social Security, led by Experts by Experience. The Commission has identified 8 ideas for a better benefits system. The proposals are available at this link

The CIIP is hosting an online consultation to see what disabled people think of the proposals.

You are invited to attend an open discussion session on Zoom:

Wednesday 7th October 2020, 3pm to 5pm

The session will:
  • Explain the background to the Commission on Social Security
  • Talk through the proposals for a better benefits system
  • Have small group discussions using zoom breakout rooms
  • Question & Answer
Click here to register for this free event. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Chronic illness and the social model of disability #2

Leo Gunn in conversation with Advisory Group members of the CIIP
Leonora (Leo) Gunn explains the power and history of the social model and its continued importance in liberating disabled people from social oppression. She also argues that Disabled People's Organisations built on the social model need to understand chronic illness to make sense of why our struggles to validate our impairments and fight for effective treatments are political acts, not simply succumbing to pity and tragedy.

Leo is a Deputy Chair of Leeds Disabled People’s Organisation, a Project Advisory Board member of the Chronic Illness Inclusion Project, and is doing a PhD at the University of Leeds, focused on the philosophy of disability and the social model.

And, if you missed it, read our blog post about chronic illness and the social model, based on a discussion with Disabled People Against Cuts earlier this year.

Best wishes,
Catherine Hale
The Chronic Illness Inclusion Project receives no core funding and we are very grateful for any donations to help cover our running costs.

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