UK Disability History Month was set up in 2010 to create a platform from which a focus on the history of Disabled people’s struggles for equality and human rights could be highlighted and advanced through education. 

As with other History Month’s, the NEU wants to see Disability history and issues included fully in the curriculum and not just to be focused upon for a few weeks each year.  The NEU believes in the Social Model of Disability which recognises that people are disabled by the attitudes and structures of society rather than by their impairments.

This year we also want to highlight school staff who are at greater risk of contracting and becoming seriously ill from coronavirus.  School groups need to support all members of staff to remain safe and to be able to work from home if they are at greater risk (CEV according to government terms) if they need to do so to remain safe. 

The Full Story

8th December – Launch  

NEU early years and primary reading resource which considers how books for early years and primary age children can be used to promote disability inclusion.  This will be the latest in our Breaking the Mould suite of resources tackling stereotypes and inequality for the early years and primary sector.

Find further resources and information about UKDHM at

Get involved: UKDHM Events

UKDHM 2020 Launch

18 November 7-9pm
Speakers include:

  • Mik Scarlett (broadcaster and journalist)
  • Marsha De Cordova MP
  • John McDonnell MP
  • Louise Regan (NEU)
  • Jonathan Bryan (aged 14) author ‘Eye Can Write”.

Register your interest here
Disabled NEU members: Check email and WhatsApp groups for NEU events in your region throughout UKDHM

Air pollution – a Trade Union issue?

24 November 2-3pm
Register here

Women in Work

25 November
Launch of NEU Domestic Abuse Toolkit which includes advice for Disabled people experiencing domestic abuse.
Details TBC

Auditing Equity in light of the Covid -19 Pandemic

3 December 2-3.30pm
This webinar will explore the different ways in which the pandemic is exacerbating inequalities in education globally.
Register now

International Day of People with Disabilities

3rd December
During the COVID-19 pandemic, isolation, disconnect, disrupted routines and diminished services have greatly impacted the lives and mental well-being of people with disabilities right around the world. Spreading awareness of invisible disabilities, as well as these potentially detrimental— and not always immediately apparent— impacts to mental health, is crucial as the world continues to fight against the virus.

European Trade Union Committee for Education


 Below is a PowerPoint presentation for an assembly about UKDHM as well as an activity for Key Stage 2 and an activity for teachers to extend their thinking around disability in education.