Disability History Month

Disability History Month

Takes place between the 22nd November and the 22nd December each year.

UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) is an annual event creating a platform to focus on the history of our struggle for equality and human rights. The first month took place in the UK in 2010.

“It is our turn to document this history and to become agents of change within our communities”

The UK Disability History Month website is the central platform to:

  • Find out what events are going on around the UK and near you
  • Find out the ways you can get involved
  • Access exciting resources which we hope will inspire you to organise an event rooted in our history.
  • For some time now a number of disabled led organizations have felt the need to have a specific time in the year when the history of our struggle for equality and human rights can be focused on.

In 2009 DCSF commissioned the QCA to carry out research on the possibility of a disability history week in schools. This research showed that schools would be in favour of such a week.

Disability History Month runs from 22nd November to 22nd December every year. This covers HIV/AIDS Day (1st December), International Day of People with Disabilities (3rd Dec.) and International Human Rights Day (10th December). It also follows on directly from Anti-Bullying Week (19th to 23rd November) which is important as 2.5 times as much bullying is recorded towards disabled as compared to non-disabled young people (70-80% of young disabled people claim to have been bullied in school and college). We split across the two months to allow for the Christmas shut down and to allow for four weeks in school term time.

Check here for information about events, how to get involved and available resources.