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!