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In this session Miro Griffiths (University of Leeds) provides an overview of the Leverhulme Trust and University of Leeds funded research on Disability Activism across Europe project. This project explored young disabled people’s views, experiences, tensions, and opportunities for participating in activism and social movements. The session provides a summary of the headline findings – drawn from surveys, interviews, arts-based workshops, and documentary film interviews with young disabled people. These findings are mapped across the following five areas: reasons for being an activist, barriers to participation, opportunities to improve access to activism, strategies for producing resistance, and the future of disability activism. For more information about the project, please visit:



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disability youth activism, resistance, participation – MG



Dr Miro Griffiths is a Researcher in Disability Studies, within the School of Sociology and Social Policy, at the University of Leeds. His research, primarily, explores disabled people’s experiences of activism, social movements, and resistance practices. Miro holds several policy advisory positions (government, civil society, and private sector) across Europe. He is a former confidential and strategic adviser to the UK government and a former member of the Disability Advisory Committee at the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission. Miro was part of the UK delegation at the signing ceremony for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. For further information, please visit: