Disability History Month

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.

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. UK Disability History Month 2023 runs between 16th November – 16th December.

UKDHM's theme for 2023 is Disability, Children, and Youth.

What is Disability History Month?

Established in 2010, Disability History Month is a national campaign creating a platform to focus on the history of our struggle for equality and human rights. The aims of this dedicated month are to:

  • Celebrate our lives as disabled people now and in the past
  • Challenge disabilism by exploring our oppression over time and now
  • Achieve equality

When is it?

Disability History Month spans from mid-November to mid-December, with the exact dates changing every year. The dedicated month includes HIV/AIDS Day, the International Day of People with Disabilities, International Human Rights Week and Anti-Bullying week.

Which disabilities does DHM represent?

We aim to support and represent everybody with a disability. Each year the UKDHM theme changes as we explore and challenge different issues that many disabled people experience.

Who can get involved and what can I do to support DHM?

The Union of Students would love all students to get involved, you can do this by looking out for our DHM events and fundraising opportunities, or by simply joining the conversation and becoming more aware of disabled people and the types of issues they face.


Student Articles


Disability History Month News

Your Officers
An update on Halls Sport and Parasports

Tue 15 Nov 2022

Creating a new sport offering, focusing upon the social aspect and in turn improving our halls of residence offering, we are slowly but surely widening access to sport for all.

Your Officers
SpLD Hub- new weekly support for Specific Learning Differences

Thu 18 Nov 2021

Speak to a specialist at the weekly SpLD Hub (dyslexia/ADHD...) - starts Thurs 25/11/21, 1 – 4pm. KR Atrium “goldfish bowl” or online, for students & academics. Also, self-access Ahead of Time videos by UoD’s specialist team & their students.

Meet Sophie Paul, your Disability Student Officer

Wed 17 Nov 2021

If you didn’t know, it’s Disability History Month 18 Nov – 18 Dec, so I wanted to take this time to properly introduce myself.

Introducing Umbrella UK, our DHM charity.

Wed 10 Nov 2021

Throughout November and December, we will be fundraising for Umbrella as part of Disability History Month.

What does the sunflower represent?

Tue 09 Nov 2021

As part of Disability History Month, we are re-introducing the Sunflower.

What access means to me as a blind student

Tue 01 Dec 2020

A blurred image of a woman looking at the camera

The idea of access may seem simple on the surface—society should be structured in a way which provides equality for all, however this is not always the case.


Disability History Month Events

Disability History Month Events