UK Disability History Month

UKDHM in 2019 will focus on disabled leaders throughout history and their struggle for acceptance. 

UKDHM will examine how the leaders of the Disabled People’s Movement managed to change the way disability was seen as a personal burden to a human rights issue through using the social model of disability from 1970 to the present and the lessons we learn from this.  

There is a range of activity ongoing across the University during the month: 

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December 2019) 

On 3 December, we are marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by taking part in the #PurpleLightUp  movement: a global mark of solidarity recognising the economic contribution of disabled people. The Parkinson building, car park and Laidlaw Library will be lit in purple to show our support for our disabled staff and students and their valuable contributions. 

Disability Services – open sessions  

Disability Services are hosting a series of bookable sessions for staff to find out more about what the service does, how they deliver their priorities and why this service is so important.   

Event Details Location & Booking
Assistive technology through time Let’s get technical! Specialist Tom Starkey explores how technology is helping students overcome a number of different barriers to improve their learning. He’ll focus on how assistive technology has developed through history to become a revolutionary part of academic life.

 

Monday 2 December

3pm-4pm

163, Chemistry West

Eventbrite:  https://bit.ly/2qAchCO

Supporting disabled students How can staff best support disabled students? This session will give top tips and advice, from how to recognise particular needs, to dealing with disability, and the resources available to you and your students. Tuesday 3 December

12pm-1pm

163, Chemistry West

Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2OjNfAX

Autism explained Come and find out more about autism, and learn how to support autistic students effectively. We’ll talk about the main features of autism, the impact autism has in the context of HE – and the impact HE has on autistic people – and the strategies which autistic people and those working with them can use during their time at university.   This session is aimed primarily at academic and SES staff, but students are also welcome to attend. Wednesday 4 December

12pm-1pm

163, Chemistry West

Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2DdMz9V

How to teach – inclusively Discover the University’s grand plan to embed inclusive teaching practices into everyday student education. We’ll look at how you can make simple changes to your teaching which will benefit students with a range of disabilities, and enhance the experience for all students. Thursday 5 December

12pm-1pm

163, Chemistry West

Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2sb1JKA

Support available for disabled staff and students 

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LUU events 

Tuesday 3 December
3.00pm – 5.00pm
Leeds University Union, Room 3
“Disabled & Political: NUS Disabled Students’ Officer”
This event is open to anyone and everyone. 
More detail: https://www.luu.org.uk/union-events/2019/december/disabled-political-nus-disabled-students-officer/

Tuesday 3 December
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Leeds University Union, Function
The Give & Take: Disabled & Future
This event is free, just turn up.
More detail: https://www.luu.org.uk/union-events/2019/december/the-give-take-disabled-future/ 

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Role Models 

UKDHM have produced a series of posters celebrating figures and groups significant to the Disability Rights Movement. Click the links below to read more. 

Greta Thunberg  

“I think in many ways that we autistic people are the normal ones and the rest of the people are pretty strange”.  

David Blunkett  

“It is not the individual no matter how well placed but the campaigning, the zeal of those building on what comes before, to make the world a better place, who in the end will make that difference”. 

Nasa Begum 

“The triple oppression of being a black disabled woman should not be overlooked … all the issues affecting disabled women apply to disabled black women”.  

Paul Hunt 

“We are tired of being statistics, cases, wonderfully courageous examples to the world, or pitiable objects to stimulate funding…” 

Harriet Tubman 

“Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world”. 

You can find the full list of figures featured this year on the UKDHM website.