UK Disability History Month

Disability & Hidden Impairment & Disability, Sex & Relationships

UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) is an annual event which aims to promote disabled people’s rights and their struggle for equality now and in the past. This year marks the 12th anniversary of the establishment of UKDHM, which will take place from 18th November until 18th December 2021.

Every year, UKDHM focusses on a theme, this year the joint themes are Disability & Hidden Impairment & Disability, Sex & Relationships. 

UKDHM adheres to the social model of disability in which barriers of attitude, environment and organisation cause most of the disabilism we face. Such thinking did not exist in the past, however, we can now look back and reinterpret the mistreatment, resulting from systematic oppression caused by negative attitudes, ignorance and barriers allowing us to recognise what must actively change for disabled people to achieve equality.

The Disability Toolkit

Access a range of information and resources relating to disability that have been compiled into several toolkit webpages to support and inform. 

These resources have been handpicked by our Staff With Disabilities Network with help from the University Disability Services Team and for the purposes of the Toolkit have been grouped into the following categories in order to provide specific advice, resources and information:

Access the Disability Toolkit

Our Library team's top titles

Our fantastic library team have compiled a diverse and interesting collection of books and eBooks to mark UK Disability History Month.

We would like to invite you to peruse this thought provoking range of titles, which can be found on display on Level 1 of the Charles Seale-Hayne Library from 18th November as well as on the Library UK Disability History Month page.

A Disability History Timeline: The struggle for equal rights through the ages  

The NHS North West’s Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights team have produced a comprehensive timeline documenting how attitudes towards disability have differed (or not) through the ages and across cultures. It also marks the contribution of individuals and groups to advancements in health and social care in relation to disability, and highlights legal and other landmarks in the struggles towards equal rights for disabled people.    

View the Disability History Timeline

Neurodiversity, Capitalism and Socialism

Janine Booth is a workplace trade union representative and Co-Chair of the TUC Disabled Workers' Committee. She is autistic, has an autistic son and is a walking advertisement for autism in the workplace.

In this 18-minute illustrated talk, first posted in November 2018, Janine looks at what the experience of autistic, dyslexic and other neurodivergent people is under capitalism, what socialism can offer and how we get there.

Listen to Neurodiversity, Capitalism and Socialism

BBC Radio 4: What If Everyone Was Disabled?

“Every single day, I’m reminded of my disability. Yeah, it doesn’t stop me from doing much… but the reminders are always there.”

Mat Fraser – writer, actor, rights activist, thalidomide survivor – isn’t afraid to challenge, to provoke and to ask awkward questions. Sometimes he allows his imagination to run riot. In this programme, he wonders how different things might be if the vast majority of people, rather than the minority, had a disability and assesses how far we’ve come with accessibility and inclusivity, particularly in the last two decades, as well as considering what’s stopping us from going further. Money, power, politics, legislation and technology all play their part, but what about social attitudes towards disability? 

Listen to What If Everyone Was Disabled