Disability History Month

18 November – 18 December

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This year will see the first ever Disability History Month (DHM) celebrated here at DMU, with an exciting and inclusive programme of virtual and in-person events taking place between Thursday 18 November and Saturday 18 December 2021.

UK Disability History Month (search @UKDHM or use #UKDHM to share) is an annual, month-long observance of the history of the disability rights movement; a celebration of the lives of disabled people past and present; and a commemoration of the achievements of disabled people. UKDHM aims to achieve equality for those with disabilities and to challenge disablism by exploring oppression. 2021’s joint themes are Disability and Hidden Impairment and Disability Sex and Relationships.

This year's DHM at DMU highlights will include Deaf Awareness and British Sign Language taster sessions, a live viewing of the film Crip Camp followed by a panel discussion, conversations about the importance of intersectionality, a Disability Confidence workshop and much more.

"Disability is a term that includes medical conditions, both mental and physical, not all of which are visible, as well as learning differences such as dyslexia.

"One of our main aims as a Disabled Staff Network is to highlight the breadth of conditions that are regarded as a Disability according to the Equality Act 2010 and to ensure that everyone at DMU, whether staff or student, feels able to be open about the challenges and issues they face. In doing so, we believe we can help to remove the enduring stigma around many different conditions.

"We hope that you can come along to one of the sessions during the month to raise the profile of disability-related issues and to promote equality and diversity at DMU."

Leanne Herbert, Co-Chair of the Disabled Staff Network

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