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Miro Griffiths MBE

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Miro has worked in disability issues for over twelve years and collaborated with various organisations, institutes and government departments on a wide range of issues pertaining to disability.  In May 2014, he was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) as recognition of my service to disabled people.  As a member of the UK Disabled People’s Movement, Miro is aware of the necessary presence the people of the Movement have in order to raise awareness of key issues and work alongside those in decision-making positions to create positive change.

His understanding of disability issues was initially shaped by his own personal experience of having a physical impairment but is now complimented with a professional and academic background in this area.  As of January 2015, he is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD researcher at Liverpool John Moores University.  The PhD is investigating the following research question: What are the experiences of young disabled people when presented with opportunities to become active in promoting disability rights, leading campaigns and challenging current agendas?

Why did you decide to join the DaDaFest Board?

“I am very honoured to have been asked to join the board and excited about the opportunity to continue the hard work and progress being made by those working within or collaborating with DaDaFest. It is vital that we continue to explore how the arts can be used as a vehicle for creating positive change, developing inclusive practices and exploring our understanding of disablement.”

What are your hopes for the future of disability and Deaf arts?

“My hope is that we can continue to celebrate the exceptional work being done by Deaf and disabled artists, challenge the oppressive constructions within society that continue to disable many people from marginalised backgrounds and ensure all aspects of society recognise the importance and value of deaf and disabled artists and their work.”

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