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The Power of Inclusive Play

  • Free
  • Discussion
  • Speech-to-text
  • Relaxed
Jess Thom speaking to an audience at Wellcome Collection. Next to her is a panel of speakers and a BSL Interpreter.
Jess Thom in conversation with guests at Wellcome Collection, Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection.

What you’ll do

Hear a variety of perspectives on inclusive play in this conversation curated by Touretteshero’s Jess Thom. Speakers will explore the role inclusive play has had in the politics of being visible in mainstream culture and in shaping their creative practice.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Henry Wellcome Auditorium. To get there, take the stairs or the lift down to level −1. The auditorium is fitted with a hearing loop.

Place not guaranteed

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee you a place. You should aim to arrive 15 minutes before the event is scheduled to start to claim your place. If you do not arrive on time, your place may be given to someone on the waiting list.


This event will be live-transcribed, with text displayed on a large screen.


This is a relaxed event, which means that if you need to, you are welcome to move around and make noise at any time.

For more information, please visit our Accessibility page. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 0 2 0. 7 6 1 1. 2 2 2 2

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About your contributors



Jess Thom and Matthew Pountney are co-founders of Touretteshero, an organisation that shares the creativity and humour of Tourette’s in an accessible way with the widest possible audience.

Jess Thom


Artist, activist and part-time superhero, Jess Thom co-founded Touretteshero in 2010 as a creative response to her experience of living with Tourette’s syndrome. She has written in the mainstream and disability press, including the Guardian, the Observer and Disability Now, and has been a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow.