‘Reclaiming’ Chronic Illness

DATE / TIME 18/03/2021
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm



City, University of London, School of Health Sciences, Disability and Social Inclusion seminar

invite you to our March 18th seminar

‘Reclaiming’ Chronic Illness

Online Event, Via Zoom 

To book a place please email Doria Pilling: d.s.pilling@city.ac.uk for a link to the seminar. (Please note you need to be signed in to a personal or professional Zoom account if you do not have a City University email)

Speakers: Catherine Hale, Founder and Director of Chronic Illness Inclusion and Dr Anna Ruddock, Writer and Founding Member of Chronic Illness Inclusion

The concepts of energy limiting chronic illness and energy impairment emerged from the Chronic Illness Inclusion Project (CIIP), a major programme of emancipatory disability research among the online chronic illness community. The CIIP was part of the DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) Research programme of disabled-led research, funded by The National Lottery.

In this talk, Catherine and Anna share findings from the project and propose that the concepts of energy limiting chronic illness and energy impairment offer strategies for affirming identity, claiming rights, and promoting inclusion and visibility for a significant, overlooked, population of disabled people. They will emphasise the urgency of this work by sharing the results of their survey looking at the impact of the policy response to the Covid-19 pandemic on people with energy limiting chronic illness.

Catherine Hale founded the Chronic Illness Inclusion Project in 2017. She previously conducted independent policy research into disabled people’s experiences of social security, labour market policy and social care, authoring reports for Mind, Action for ME, Inclusion London and the Spartacus Network.

Anna Ruddock has a PhD in medical anthropology from King’s College London and is finishing a book about the association between medical education and health inequalities in India. She edited a blog series about chronic illness and academia for the Sociological Review in 2018 and is a member of the CIIP Project Advisory Group.

Please let us know if you have any special requirements