Disability History Month is an annual event celebrated
from the 16th November to the 16th December that looks at creating a platform to focus on
disabled people’s struggle for equality and human rights.
It is important to recognise that disabled people have multiple
identities, are sometimes members of other groups subjected to discriminatory practice, and that
disability is diverse in nature in terms of the range and types of impairment that affect people
e.g. Neuro-diverse, mental health issues, learning difficulty, physical, invisible and sensory
During Disability History Month, we aim
As part of our Disability History Month 2023 celebrations, two of your officers took on a very unique - and very enlightening - challenge!
Nathan Wyatt, your Welfare, Community and Diversity officer joined Holly Summers, your Students with Disabilities Officer, to experience the UEA campus from a whole new perspective - that of a wheelchair user. While we cannot make any comment on Nathan's navigational skills (he certainly improved as the experience went on!), we CAN say that Nathan and Holly opened our eyes to just how difficult it is to get around campus in a wheelchair.
It's our hope that by taking an honest look at accessibility on campus, we can both celebrate how far UEA has come but acknowledge just how far it has to go before becoming truly accessible. It is only through accepting our shortcomings that we might begin to plan and improve our campus for all it's members; we look forward to seeing what changes this insight might create!
You can find out how Nathan got on as we release these videos throughout DHM 2023, or you can watch them back below!
After a long day on campus, Nathan and Holly returned victorious (and tired!) to the office to reflect on their experience. Here's what they had to say...
A collaboration to get the creative views of young disabled people. This year's theme for the official UK Disability History Month campaign is "Experience of Disablement amongst children and young people in the past, now and what is needed for the future".
UKDHM are looking for each contributor to express the good, the bad and the changes they would like as young disabled people. The most insightful, interesting and powerful contributions in each category will be celebrated.
How to get involved:
UKDHM use a social model of disability. This means entrants must have long-term impairments of body, senses or mind, and that their disadvantage is caused by socially created barriers of attitude, environment and organisation. Disabled people have human rights which are often denied by prejudice, bullying and discrimination. This approach should be applied in contributions.
There will be 4 age groups for entrants:
Entries can be written essays, poems, posters, artwork (1 x A3 sheet) (Word or PDF), films, signing, acting, audio (MP4 file) or any combination. They will be short listed then go to a judging panel. The results will be announced during UK Disability History Month in 16 November/16 December 2023.
Check out our social media campaign for regular updates throughout
Disability History Month 2023!