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GDA understands that on top of the disabling barriers that all our members face, disabled people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds face additional barriers and exclusion caused by the racism – conscious and unconscious – that exists across our society.

GDA’s mission is to improve the lives and increase the participation of all disabled people in Glasgow. To address the multiple inequalities faced by disabled people of colour, GDA’s BAME members’ network creates a dedicated safe space which centres the voices, vital expertise and lived experience of our BAME disabled members. The network is coordinated by a BAME member of staff, and sessions are devised in collaboration with our BAME members. This is a place to share and celebrate culture, unpack microaggressions, discuss the complex intersection between race and disability, and of course, talk about food. Sessions have focused on local history, arts and crafts, music, cultural heritage, and understanding our rights. This group also welcomes and includes disabled asylum seekers and refugees.

GDA appreciates that the acronym ‘BAME’ is complex and at times contentious, as racism is experienced differently and to varying degrees by different groups of people. We continue to develop these conversations with our minority ethnic staff and members to ensure our language is inclusive and current. While some members of our BAME community find terms like ‘person of colour’, ‘new Scot’ or simply ‘Scottish’ empowering, others may not. We support an individual’s right to self-identify, and stand firmly against racism and oppression in any form.

For more information about GDA’s BAME members’ network, contact [email protected] or call 07990 363763.

Have a look at some of the highlights from our BAME network activities in 2019:

Members talk while making a chair out of card.
Chair making with Glasgow Life
Members sitting at a table, drawing
Mind and Draw
Hannah with two members outside the Riverside Museum
Glasgow Life training at the Riverside Museum

Group of members sit at a table in the Kelvinhall
Glasgow Museums
A member is screenprinting
Screenprinting

To find out more, contact [email protected]