The Mencap Journalism Awards 2017

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Note: In the UK, the term of ‘Learning disability’ is used instead of ‘Intellectual disability’.

Mencap Journalism Awards 2017

As the budding journalists of the future, Mencap is calling on all of you to enter our inaugural Journalism Awards

Journalism Awards

This year we celebrate our 70th anniversary. As part of a year of celebration, we’re launching the Mencap Journalism Awards, to encourage discussion and raise awareness of issues surrounding learning disability.

Although a lot has changed in the last 70 years, more needs to be done to raise awareness of the challenges that people with a learning people face and to help change attitudes towards learning disability.

We want to encourage the journalists of tomorrow to write about issues surrounding learning disability, as well as allowing those with a learning disability to have a greater voice in the media.

This is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring journalists under the age of 26 to have your work reviewed by some experienced journalists on our judging panel, as well as getting your writing published. We’re also offering some fantastic cash prizes to our winners and runners up.

How to enter

We’re inviting aspiring journalists under the age of 26 to enter one of two categories – broadcast journalism or print journalism.

Entries must be submitted by Wednesday 15 March 2017.

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Broadcast journalism

In this category we ask entrants to submit a piece of broadcast material between 3 and 5 minutes long, suitable for broadcast on radio, television or online.

This can be a documentary, interview or news bulletin and must explore learning disability in a new and creative way to capture the attention of our judges.

In your submission, please include:

  • the length of your piece
  • your full name
  • the name of your college/university and course (if you’re a student)

To submit your entry please complete our online form.

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Print journalism

In this category we’re asking entrants to submit an 800 to1000 word article (either as a Word document (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) file).

This can either be a news, investigative, interview or feature piece that would be appropriate for publication in tabloid, broadsheet or a consumer outlet. You can decide which type of outlet you would be writing for from these options.

You can write on a topic of any choice, but it must be of relevance to the work and ethos of Mencap.

In your submission, please include:

  • a word count
  • a headline
  • your full name
  • the name of your college/university and course (if you’re a student)
  • the type of publication you would be writing for (tabloid, broadsheet or consumer)

To send us your submission please upload it through our online form.

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Entries must be submitted by Wednesday 15 March 2017.

If you have any questions or problems with your submission please email mencap@blj.co.uk.

 

We look forward to receiving your entries!

The prizes

We’ve got some fantastic cash prizes available to the winners and runners up of each category.

A cash prize of £1000 will be awarded to the winners of each category.

£700 will be awarded to the runner up in each category.

£500 will be awarded to those in third place of each category.

Mencap will also use the winning submissions on their website, and in other PR activities. Mencap will retain publishing rights to all entries made.

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Inviting artists with intellectual disabilities to submit visual artwork and photography

To read on Inclusion BC website:

Inclusion BC 2017 Conference « Inspired by Love »

visual artwork

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (All day)Saturday, June 17, 2017 (All day)
Richmond

Inclusion BC 2017 Conference
« Inspired by Love »

Date: June 14th to 17, 2017
Location: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond (Click for map)

We are currently accepting submissions for Artwork and Workshop Proposals

Inclusion BC’s annual event is Canada’s leading forum for inspiration, sharing and learning on intellectual disability, human rights and inclusion. This year’s theme, Inspired by Love, celebrates the human bonds that forge our sense of shared community, the power of compassion and of sharing our own vulnerabilities. When we work together to advance real inclusion, everything we do is inspired by love.

Mark your calendars for three days of presentations, conversations and social events that will inspire new ideas and action to build a deeper understanding of inclusion built on a foundation of love, respect and human connections.

If you have any questions regarding workshops, workshop submissions or artwork, please contact Karen DeLong, kdelong@inclusionbc.org, 604-777-9100 x 530.

We are accepting artwork for INSPIRED BY LOVE 2017!

Inclusion BC is inviting artists with intellectual disabilities to submit visual artwork and photography for our 2017 conference. The artwork will be used in promotional materials and displayed during the conference, which takes place in Richmond, BC from June 14 to 17, 2017.

Artwork theme: This year’s theme, “Inspired By Love,” celebrates the human bonds that forge our sense of shared community, the power of compassion and of sharing our own vulnerabilities. When we work together to advance real inclusion, everything we do is inspired by love. Love breaks down barriers and sparks connections, helping us accomplish more together.

Submission Details:

  • To submit a piece of art, send an email that includes the artist’s name and contact information and a scanned image or photo of the art to kdelong@inclusionbc.org by February 26, 2017.
  • You could also mail a photo with the artist’s name and contact information to Karen DeLong c/o Inclusion BC, 227 6th St., New Westminster, BC, V3L 3A5.

We will contact all artists who submitted images by March 11, 2017 to let them know what image the committee decides to use. The artist whose work is chosen will receive a free conference registration or an equal cash honorarium for the use of the image.

Please note: The art must be created by a self-advocate or a person with an intellectual disability who is willing to give us permission to use the image of their artwork in the conference materials.

Call for Proposals: Inspired By Love 2017

Inclusion BC’s annual event is Canada’s premier forum for inspiration, sharing and learning on intellectual disability, human rights and inclusion.  Together with our co-host, Richmond Society for Community Living, we will welcome over 700 participants, including people with disabilities, family members, service providers, support staff, students, educators, community leaders, advocates and allies who share the common goal of working together to build a world where everyone belongs.

This year’s theme, Inspired by Love, celebrates the human bonds that forge our sense of shared community, the power of compassion and of sharing our own vulnerabilities. When we work together to advance real inclusion, everything we do is inspired by love. Love breaks down barriers and sparks connections, helping us accomplish more together.

This is an opportunity to inspire champions of change by sharing the latest information, resources and best practices for building more inclusive communities, advancing rights and promoting abilities.
Session Types:

  • Workshops: 1.5 hour interactive, participatory
  • Catalyst labs: Present and discuss innovative research with attendees.

We are currently accepting proposals for workshops and presentations from speakers and thought leaders with themes/topics that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Self Advocacy – workshops and presentations by and/or for self advocates, including wellness, sexuality, employment and self employment, art and self advocate initiatives
  • Relationships – Personal/professional, making connections
  • Youth – including programming by and for youth, including youth 9-14 and 14 and up, around art, transitions, youth justice and children’s rights
  • Employment and Transitions – including best practices, transitions, customized employment, social enterprise, unemployment and finding work
  • Families and Children – including inclusive education, inclusive child care, family support, transitions, family leader- ship and children and youth
  • Values and Ethics – including medical ethics, physician-assisted death and euthanasia, genetic testing, and human rights
  • Organizational Development – including senior staff development, leadership and succession, resource development and board development
  • Inclusion and Advocacy – including network-building, friendships and relationships, advocacy, movement building, working with media, social justice movements, housing innovations, and addressing poverty
  • First Nations and Aboriginal communities – including common legacies of institutionalization, community concerns, and emerging issues and opportunities for collaboration

We are interested in presentations that:

  • Reflect the use of person-first or identity-first language
  • Reflect the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life
  • Make every attempt to address First Nations and Aboriginal  communities, multicultural communities, LGBTQ communities
  • Address accessibility and universal design so that all attendees may participate fully
  • Promote evidence-based practices to attain full inclusion in all aspects of society, and
  • Promote Inclusion BC’s advocacy and issues.

Please submit your workshop proposal by clicking on this link: Call for Workshops

Deadline for Proposal Submissions: February 28, 2017.