This year, Disability History Month takes place between 19 November and 22 December, and your Students’ Union has lots planned.
Disability History Month is an international campaign, and this year the theme of the month is ‘music’.
Undeb Bangor will be releasing some tips, throughout the month, as to little things you can do to avoid unnecessary harm to disabled people. These tips will be released on social media.
We have also teamed up with our Music Society, to ensure that their winter concert is linked to the overall theme of disability. The concert will take place on 7th December, and we will be raising money for the North Wales Protection for the Blind. This is a local charity, based in Bangor.
The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities also takes place during the month, being on 3rd December this year. There are wide-ranging plans for the event this year. These include a ‘Sports Day’, at Canolfan Brailsford, which will feature a wheelchair basketball tournament. In Powis Hall, there will be an art exhibition, linked to disabilities, whilst relevant departments within the University will be providing information as to the help they provide. There will also be an afternoon of poetry within your Students’ Union.
We are also working with the School of Music and Media, to provide a Research Seminar in relation to musicians with disabilities – more information will be provided on this in due course.
For more information on Undeb Bangor’s plans for Disability History Month, contact Mark Barrow, Vice President for Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org
November 22nd 2017 is the start of Disability History Month. We will be running a social media campaign throughout the month to share inspiring stories about Disability History with the aim to increase awareness around disability.
To kick off our campaign here are three inspirational people sharing their stories about disability. Why don't you join in with our campaign and write down your story or something that inspires you.
Barbara Stewart was a poet and audio-visual artist who expressed her lived expereinces as a black, disabled woman via her artwork - notably her book of poetry and accompanying video, My Shape. She also volunteered as a welfare benefits advisor which helped thousands of disabled people access the support they needed.
With lived expereince of psychosis, mood disorder and PTSD, Dolly Sen uses her expereinces of mental distress and the psychiatric system to inform her artwork and advocacy. She offers training in a wide range of areas, including LGBT and BME mental health.
In 1996 Julie Jaye Charles set up the Equalities National Council from her living room and it remains today to be the only black and ethnic minority user-led disabled people's organisation in the UK. Amongst other projects, the ENC aims to help former offenders reintegrate into their communities.
Share your inspirational stories with us here!