UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) is an annual event creating a platform to focus on the history of our struggle for equality and human rights. 2014 will be our fifth year and we have seen a steady increase in interest and activity since we began in 2010.
"It is our turn to document this history and to become agents of change within our communities"
Our website is the central platform to:
- Find out what events are going on around the UK and near you
- Find out the ways you can get involved
- Access exciting resources which we hope will inspire you to organise an event rooted in our history.
For some time now a number of disabled led organizations have felt the need to have a specific time in the year when the history of our struggle for equality and human rights can be focused on.
In 2009 DCSF commissioned the QCA to carry out research on the possibility of a disability history week in schools. This research showed that schools would be in favour of such a week.
Disability History Month runs from 22nd November to 22nd December every year. This covers HIV/AIDS Day (1st December), International Day of People with Disabilities (3rd Dec.) and International Human Rights Day (10th December). It also follows on directly from Anti-Bullying Week (19th to 23rd November) which is important as 2.5 times as much bullying is recorded towards disabled as compared to non-disabled young people (70-80% of young disabled people claim to have been bullied in school and college). We split across the two months to allow for the Christmas shut down and to allow for four weeks in school term time.
The theme for this year will be “War and impairment: The Social Consequence of Disablement”. We want to feed into the centenary of World War 1 and explore the disabling effects of conflicts and how society has responded over history. Whilst the theme was inspired by WW1 – it is a very current issue, particularly as advanced medical treatment has meant that more veterans now survive - but experience significant physical and mental injuries.
If you organise anything, big or small, please let us know and we will post it on our website!
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National Coordinator UK Disability History Month c/o World of Inclusion,
Basement, 78 Mildmay Grove South, London, N1 4PJ
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