UKDHM formally takes place between 22nd November and 22nd December each year, though many events and activities take place outside this time slot. It is supported by more than 100 organisations, including the NUT.
The purpose of UK Disability History Month is:-
To raise awareness of the unequal position of disabled people in society and to advocate disability equality
To develop an understanding of the historical roots of this inequality
To highlight the significance of disabled people’s struggles for equality and inclusion and the ‘social model’ of disability.
Throughout Disability History Month it will be important to recognise that disabled people have multiple identities, are sometimes members of other groups subjected to discriminatory practice, and to ensure that the diverse nature of disabled people is recognised in terms of the range and types of impairment that are included e.g. Neuro-diverse, mental health issues, learning difficulty, physical, invisible and sensory impairments.
Key foci of the month are:
Advocating equality for disabled people
Promoting disability equality and inclusion -‘Nothing About Us, Without Us’
Examining the roots of ‘Disabilism’- negative attitudes, harassment and hate crime
Celebrating disabled people’s history - struggles for rights, equality and inclusion
Challenging and exposing the unequal position of disabled people in our society
The Cultural and Artistic portrayal of disabled people
Highlighting examples of good disability equality.
Disability History Month takes place every year in December and celebrates the lives and achievements of disabled people. Schools are encouraged to hold activities about disability equality during the month of December.
A presentation given at the NUT Disabled Teachers’ Conference 2012 on ‘UK Disability History Month: How to get your local schools involved’ can be downloaded here.
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