Disability History Month 2021

Disability History Month in the UK runs from 18th November 2021 – 18th December 2021, with the joint theme for this year:

  • Disability and Hidden Impairment
  • Disability Sex and Relationships
Our Disabled Members Officer, Philippa hands has created a display of books in the library she works in showing positive images of people with disabilities in them.
Last year as libraries were closed we published a list of books here on the website that had characters with disabilities in them, now libraries are open again libraries are creating physical displays, some of which even include books around celebrities who have disabilities.
The display from the library where Philippa works is below:
The below are from Birchfield Library for children and adults celebrating Disability History Month:
At Birchfield Library there is a guessing game to play, matching the name and description to the numbered pictures.
This display is at the Library of Birmingham:

This display is at Small Heath Library:

Small Heath Library have a full display up, as well as information sheets with contact numbers for various organisations and information/support for those who have children with disabilities.

Two years ago for Disability History Month the Disabled Members Self Organised Group commissioned a play titled ‘Unreasonable Adjustments’ – you can view a rehearsal of that play here:

Unreasonable Adjustments Play

Hopefully next year the Branch Disabled Members SOG will be able to arrange an event to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, but given the situation currently that was not possible for this year.

The International Day of Persons with a Disability takes place on 3rd December 2021.

The aim of UK Disability History Month has always been to:

  • Celebrate our Lives as Disabled People now and in the past
  • Challenge Disabilism by exploring our oppression over time and now
  • Achieve Equality

Currently the Equality Act 2010 defines disability as “if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.”

  • ‘substantial’ is more than minor or trivial,
  • ‘long-term’ means 12 months or more or likely to last 12 months or more
  • a physical or mental impairment impacts on ability to do normal day to day activities and must be judged without the impact of assistive devices, medication or treatment.

UKDHM adheres to the social model of disability in which the barriers of attitude, environment and organisation cause most of the disabilism we face. Such thinking did not exist in most of the past with individuals and their impairments held responsible for the disadvantage and worse. Disabled people experienced being seen as bewitched, evil or punished by God. Disabled people were often viewed as perpetual children incapable of adult relationships.

To read more about UK Disability History Month click here.

The above will take you to the UK Disability History Month website.