The purpose of UK Disability History Month is:-

  • To raise awareness of the unequal position of disabled people in society and to advocate disability equality
  • To develop an understanding of the historical roots of this inequality
  • To highlight the significance of disabled people’s campaign for equality and inclusion and the ‘social model’ of disability.

Throughout Disability History Month it is important to recognise that disabled people have multiple identities, are sometimes members of other groups subjected to discriminatory practice, and to ensure that the diverse nature of disabled people is recognised in terms of the range and types of impairment that are included e.g. Neuro-diverse, mental health issues, learning difficulty, physical, invisible and sensory impairments.    

Key foci of the month are:

  • Advocating equality for disabled people
  • Promoting disability equality and inclusion -‘Nothing About Us, Without Us’
  • Examining the roots of ‘Disabilism’- negative attitudes, harassment and hate crime
  • Celebrating disabled people’s history - struggles for rights, equality and inclusion
  • Challenging and exposing the unequal position of disabled people in our society
  • The Cultural and Artistic portrayal of disabled people 
  • Highlighting examples of good disability equality.

UK Disability History Month website