Are you supporting UK Disability History Month?

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What is UKDHM? by Richard Rieser

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. 2014 will be it’s fifth year and there has been a steady increase in interest and activity since it began in 2010.

“It is our turn to document this history and to become agents of change within our communities”

The UKDHM website is the central platform to:

  • Find out what events are going on around the UK and near you
  • Find out the ways you can get involved
  • Access exciting resources which we hope will inspire you to organise an event rooted in our history.
  • 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.

In 2009 DCSF commissioned the QCA to carry out research on the possibility of a disability history week in schools. This research showed that schools would be in favour of such a week.

Disability History Month runs from 22nd November to 22nd December every year. This covers HIV/AIDS Day (1st December), International Day of People with Disabilities (3rd Dec.) and International Human Rights Day (10th December). It also follows on directly from Anti-Bullying Week (19th to 23rd November) which is important as 2.5 times as much bullying is recorded towards disabled as compared to non-disabled young people (70-80% of young disabled people claim to have been bullied in school and college). We split across the two months to allow for the Christmas shut down and to allow for four weeks in school term time.

The theme for this year will be “War and impairment: The Social Consequence of Disablement”. UKDHM want to feed into the centenary of World War 1 and explore the disabling effects of conflicts and how society has responded over history. Whilst the theme was inspired by WW1 – it is a very current issue, particularly as advanced medical treatment has meant that more veterans now survive – but experience significant physical and mental injuries.

Events in Lambeth

19th November: UKDHM Day Conference – BFI

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November 19th Day Conference Portrayal of Disability in Mainstream Moving Image Media: Then and Now

BFI in partnership with UK Disability History Month

Join UKDHM for a day of discussion. Film clips, speakers, panels. Focus on acting, writing, producing & directing.

Panels of disabled and non-disabled practitioners-Samuel West, Ben Anthony, Liz Carr, Paul Darke, Ju Gosling, Jaye Griffiths, Rahila Gupta, Ewan Marshall, Caglar Kimyoncu, Richard Rieser, Shirani Sabratnam, Allan Sutherland, Laura Wade.

The events will be signed.
Thurs 19 Nov 2015 10.30-5.00 Blue Room, BFI Southbank. Tickets- BFI Box Office £10.00 (£3.00 concs), 020 7928 3232.

Followed by Launch of UKDHM 2015, 5.30-7.30 Blue Room. Jeremy Corbyn,  Philippa Harvey, Eleanor Lisney. Reserve place for launch at info@ukdhm.org or 0207 359 2855.

Places limited for both events

13th – 18th December Disability Advice Service Lambeth are taking over the Brixton Pound Old Deli to run a series of events in Brixton. Further updates to follow shortly from DASL.

Other UKDHM Events

There is a listing of events on the UKDHM website here.

If you are organising events in Lambeth as part of UK Disability History Month please feel welcome to get in touch with Lambeth Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Healey mhealey1@lambeth.gov.uk so we can advertise them through the Lambeth Hate Crime Blog.

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