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    Developing a quality-of-life measure for autistic children and young people in schools

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    Aim: To develop a quality-of-life measure to be used by both school staff and autistic children and young people (CYP) in schools, in which public and community involvement (PCIE) is at the heart of the research.  Method: A prevalence questionnaire survey will be conducted with 20 primary and secondary schools across Kent, Surrey, and Sussex (KSS). 10 semi-structured interviews will be conducted with autistic CYP. This will inform development of a quality-of-life measure for autistic CYP. Results: Work so far has included PCIE in the early stages of the project, in which young people, school staff and collaborators have contributed to the study set up and designing study materials. Conclusion: With PCIE included in the planning of the project, the research team is confident that this will be useful further along in the project with dissemination and validating and implementing a quality-of-life measure for autistic CYP in schools

    Critical Pathways to Disability Decarceration: Reading Liat Ben-Moshe and Linda Steele

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    I consider how Liat Ben-Moshe’s Decarcerating Disability and Linda Steele’s Disability, Criminal Justice and Law: Reconsidering Court Diversion contribute to emerging conversations between critical disability studies and anti-carceral studies, and between disability deinstitutionalization and prison abolitionism. I ask: what if any role might law, or specifically rights-based litigation, play in resisting carceral state strategies and redirecting material and conceptual resources toward supports for diverse forms of flourishing? I centre my remarks on the special relevance of Ben-Moshe’s and Steele’s books to social movement activism in Atlantic Canada and critical reappraisal of Canada’s solitary confinement litigation

    "We're the conduit in an increasingly broken system": A qualitative exploration of how the Covid-19 pandemic impacted the provision of social prescribing for older adults in the UK.

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    Social prescribing helps to address the social determinants of health via engagement with community organisations. In England, the rollout of social prescribing coincided with onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which changed service delivery. Older adults are  often the focus of social prescribing, and the pandemic had a disproportionate effect on this population due to their clinical risk, which resulted in a strict lockdown that negatively impacted their wellbeing. This study aimed to explore the UK-wide impact of the pandemic on social prescribing services for older adults (SO+)

    Referencing in Academic Assignments: Top Tips to avoid the confusion.

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    Social Reproduction and Depletion

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    Social reproduction is not costless. When unrecognised, valorised but not valued, social reproduction leads to depletion of those who care. Building on the arguments of feminist international political economists, I examine the importance of taking the work of care seriously. Depletion through social reproduction occurs when resources for social reproduction fall below a threshold of sustainability over time. To know the intensity and extensity of depletion allows us to reveal not only the distress – physical, emotional/mental and social - but also to strategise towards reversing depletion

    (Re)Defining Legal Parenthood and Kinship: The Limits of Legal Change in the Finnish Child Custody Act of 2019

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    This article examines how Finland took a role as an international predecessor in separating the parent’s right of access from custody, biology and legal parenthood. It addresses the (re)defining of the legal reference fields of kinship, family and parenthood in the process of rewriting the Act on Child Custody and Right of Access in Finland. Through an examination of the discourses of the legislative process, it shows how the Finnish legislation has moved from an emphasis on biological origins towards a more flexible and individualised conception of kinship. The analysis focuses on how the Child Custody Act works to recognise various marginalised positions, while leaving others unattended. Through a close examination of the changes to the Act, the article highlights the simultaneous processes of de-marginalisation of certain structures of kinship, and the marginalisation of others. The article concludes by predicting the direction of future developments in legislation concerning kinship, family and parenthood, based on prevalent trends of legal development, and the limits of what can presently be recognised by the law, and why

    Postcolonial Dynamics in Pro- and Anti-Trans Activism in the United Kingdom and Ireland

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    This paper examines the postcolonial relationship between the United Kingdom and Ireland through the lens of the discourse around transgender rights and anti-trans activism. This debate has spilled over from the social, political, and media spaces of the larger jurisdiction into that of the smaller and has provoked a backlash from grassroots Irish feminists who are outraged by trans exclusion. In return, organisations have sprung up in Ireland to protest against trans-inclusive law and policy, sparking debate over their provenance and membership. These debates have featured nationalist and postcolonial motifs including the Irish language and iconography of Irish revolutionaries, as well as the Suffragettes in Britain. As the two sides contest to be seen as the “true” Irish feminism, the paper concludes with an examination of the lives and work of the historical women invoked by both sides. In doing so, the paper attempts to refute the claims of anti-trans actors to an Irish tradition

    On the Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones and the Stories that Made Him, and well, Us Too

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    Nourishing Ourselves: A zine for social justice activists

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    An invitation to reconnect with thejoy and playfulness at the heart ofyour creativity beyond the pressuresof productivity, profit, or ‘impact’. Nourishing Ourselves explores the importance of using creativity as a way to reconnect to ourselves and our wellbeing at a time when many are expected to use our visual, oral, written, or other stories to “shed light on”, “represent”, or produce counter-narratives to salvage our humanity. The zine asks what would happen if we had the time to create for the sake of tending to ourselves and each other, reconnecting to the playfulness which makes creative expression possible, without forcing it into a “product”. Our publication comes out of a one-day workshop curated by artist Alaa Alsaraji and writer Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan who were commissioned to develop a session for social justice activists using arts-based methods in their work. The commission from Dr Suhraiya Jivraj aimed to explore how activists’ use of creative expression could transform social justice, as well as build the capacity of participants. However, through curation, the workshop that emerged was itself a reflection of the possibilities of co-production. Instead of focusing on using creative methods for social justice in an output-oriented way, Alaa and Suhaiymah considered our own relationship to activism in our art. We recognised that our capacity to work for social justice was often depleted by the pressure to use creativity for those same ends. We therefore explored ways of working with creativity that would feel replenishing for us, instead. This enabled a rare experience of facilitating without expectation of ‘end-product’ or extraction from participants. Instead of considering creativity as simply a tool, we curated a space to experiment, play and falter. For how are we to imagine, let alone build a just world, without reconnecting to the feelings that enable creativity in the first place? We invite you to explore the zine, enjoy the artwork by participants, try the guided activities and share your reflections and creative expressions with us via this padlet or email to: [email protected]

    From Reproducing Labour Power to Reproducing our Struggle: A Strategy for a Revolutionary Feminism: Second Annual Lecture in the Laws of Social Reproduction, 13 July 2021

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    This annual lecture is part of the Laws of Social Reproduction project led by Professor Prabha Kotiswaran and based at Kings College London and IWWAGE Delhi. Drawing on feminist legal theory and deploying methodologies ranging from doctrinal case law analysis to ethnographies of women's labour markets, this project problematises law's jurisdictional boundaries over women's reproductive labour and critiques the varied, even contradictory, legal regulation of reproductive labour. Given the current interest, nationally and internationally, in unpaid care work, this project offers a timely intervention by proposing a holistic understanding of reproductive labour and exploring prospects for an alternative regulatory matrix to further women's economic justice

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