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Disability and ability: how can Muslims be more inclusive?

 

Date: Friday 11 August 2017

Time: 18.45 - 20.30

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP

Speakers: Aminul Hoque (Chair), Emily Danby, Abu Mumin, Mrs Shah

We live in a world in which people are increasingly facing various challenges, many of which affect their well-being and lifestyles. Sometimes the barriers for Muslims with disabilities and impairments are not due to lack of provisions, but due to a simple lack of awareness from wider society. What are the key challenges that Muslims with disabilities endure? How do those with multiple or complex needs or visual/hearing impairments learn about Islam? And how can we as a community be more inclusive?

Join us for an intriguing evening as we are joined by a specialist panel chaired by Aminul Hoque, co-author of the world's first Islamic sign language book.

Speakers

Chair: Aminul Hoque, CEO and Co-Founder, Amin & Yasmin Ltd

Aminul is the Co-Founder of Amin & Yasmin, a pioneering company producing deaf-friendly educational resources and publisher of the world's first Islamic sign language book A-Z of Islamic Signs in BSL. Aminul has extensive experience in mainstream education, charity and local government, professionally supporting children and adults with multiple and complex disabilities.

Emily Danby, Bridging Cultures Project Coordinator, Mind in Harrow

Through Mind in Harrow, Emily works with local faith communities to improve access to mental health services and tackle mental health stigma. Her work focuses on generating inclusive and sustainable community-based initiatives, aiming in particular to improve access to services for new migrant communities and refugees.

Abu Mumin, founding member, Eden Care

Abu Mumin is a qualified social worker and one of the founding members of Eden Care, providing befriending and advocacy services for those who are terminally ill and reaching end of life. He has deep-rooted experience in community cohesion with over 30 years' experience in the youth and community sector. He was instrumental in developing one of the largest BME organisations in Tower Hamlets.

Mrs Shah, Co-Founder of the Disabled Muslims Network

Mrs Shah co-founded the Disabled Muslims Network to support Muslim special needs and chronically ill children and adults and their families. Disabled Muslims Network are working hard to start providing specialist support services and guidance to parents with children with disabilities. She herself is a mother of children with multiple disabilities.

Additional details

Please note that this event, including the audience, will be filmed by ARY News. If you do not wish to appear identifiably, please let one of the City Circle events team know who will advise you where to sit, otherwise your picture and likeness may appear on ARY News.

Free entrance. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser: sameera@thecitycircle.com.

Image credit: Scott Davies