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 2021 runs between 18th November – 18th December.

UKDHM's joint themes in 2021 are

  • Disability and Hidden Impairment
  • Disability Sex and Relationships

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. The themes for 2021 are Disability and Hidden Impairment and Disability Sex and Relationships

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.

 

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Disability History Month News

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.

 
Liberation
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.

 
Liberation
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.

 
Liberation
What does the sunflower represent?

Tue 09 Nov 2021

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

 
Welfare
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

Union of Students Rock the Ribbon for World Aids Day
1st December 8:30am - 5:30pm
University of Derby - Various locations
National AIDS Trust is committed to stopping new cases of HIV, securing the rights of people living with HIV, and fighting HIV stigma and discrimination.
EDI – Disability History Month
Union of Students International Day of Disabled Persons 2021
3rd December 9am - 5pm
University of Derby - Various locations
Wear something purple today to show your support for the International Day of Disabled Persons
EDI – Disability History Month
Union of Students DHM: Wear something yellow
16th December 8:30am - 5:30pm
University of Derby - Various locations
Show your support for Disability History Month by wearing something yellow today.
EDI – Disability History Month