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Coronavirus Bill frees up psychiatrists to fight COVID19

The Coronavirus Bill became the Coronavirus Act and passed into law last week. It included changes to mental health legislation which is not yet in force. Only one doctor will be needed to section someone, and sections will be able to last longer without review. Those of us who have been ...

Representing UK Inclusive Dance in the United States

With support from Arts Council England, the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, and the Knight Foundation (among others), Step Change Studios represented UK inclusive dance at a festival of physically integrated dance in the US. This was Step Change Studios’ first international project since it was established two years ...

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Oska Bright 2019 launches with original stories of learning disability and life

What a great launch night from Oska Bright. The festival has stepped up a notch yet again with production values, cinematography and its overall diversity and feel. The originality of the stories being told and the general quirkiness of what's on offer is the real appeal of Oska Bright. It seems ...

New York: How a desire to get people to smile inspired inclusive practice

Step Change Studios Founder Rashmi Becker has been learning about inclusive practice in the U.S. and recently met New York-based ballroom dancer Arkadiy Stepanchuck. Arkadiy was inspired to set up inclusive dance company DuDance after a dancing road trip. He recounts his experience and how his effort to build connections ...

Fragility

I’m writing this blog during my residency in Canada, recent opportunities have enabled me to explore my practice internationally. Last year I came to St Andrews New Brunswick as a KIRA resident artist at Kingsbrae garden and discovered Sunbury Shores studio. This year I’m at Sunbury Shores for five weeks, thanks ...

Oska Bright and Europe

Oska Bright’s international reach and influence has seen a shift away from Australia and Canada towards Europe over the past year. Whether this is a coincidence or a reflection of the geo-political zeitgeist is anyone’s guess. But it is a timely and necessary convergence of thinking, ideas and determination that ...

I Dream of Movement

Rashmi Becker, Founder of UK-based Step Change Studios has been spending time in New York looking at international approaches to integrated and community dance. She was recently welcomed to the National Dance Institute to learn about its free dance programme DREAM, which serves dancers ages 8 to 14 with disabilities. Here she ...

“You’re Not Trans… You’re Autistic!”

Aimee Challenor is 20 years. She is a transgender individual and also autistic. She and others from Trans communities feel they have had their Transgender identity undermined by medical professionals because of their autism. This has led to the delaying of gender reassignment procedures. How does it feel to ‘come out’ as Trans, only to have to hide autism? Challenor speaks out ...

Finding My Space

It’s been a long while since I have blogged. After the very busy and hot English summer we have experienced this year, I knew I had plenty of material to write about. However, finding the time and space for concentrated writing was another matter. My time was taken up with ...

Creating the Climate for Change: Curating and Disability Arts in Mexico City

My practice used to be wide and shallow. I did lots of different things, kept so many plates spinning I often didn’t know what I was doing or where I was doing it half the time. There is always the fear that if you say no to something you’ll never ...