Disability History Month
Disability History Month (DHM) runs from 18 November to 18 December this year. Disability History Month is supported by a wide range of disability groups, unions and voluntary organisations, and aims to promote disabled people's rights and their struggle for equality now and in the past.
The joint themes in 2021 are “Disability and Hidden Impairment” and “Disability Sex and Relationships”.
Disability History Month 2021
Disability in the Workplace training
Thursday 18 November
14.00 - 17.00
Online - Zoom
The course aims to increase knowledge and understanding of legislation, our policies and procedures and organisational responsibilities. This is open to all staff and we encourage managers and those who have supervision responsibilities to attend this training.
Understanding LGBTQ+ mental health
Wednesday 1 December
9.30 - 12.30
Online - Zoom
This course allows participants to gain insight and skills in assessing and addressing the needs of LGBTQ staff/students with mental health issues and gain confidence in dealing with heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
Queen's Tower purple light up
Friday 3 December
Queen's Tower, South Kensington Campus
In support of the #PurpleLightUp movement, our staff network for disabled people and allies, Able@Imperial, will be lighting up the Queen's Tower in purple on 3 December to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and speeches will be given by Professor Stephen Curry, Assistant Provost (EDI), Professor Sara Rankin, co-founder of the Neurodiversity in Albertopolis network, and Simon Hepworth, the new Executive Sponsor for Able.
In 2019 Imperial used Disability History Month to focus attention on invisible/hidden disabilities.
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre worked with Able@Imperial (the staff network for disability and disability supporters) and the Imperial College Union, to put on a range of events, including a talk by Elizabeth Takyi, Founder and CEO of Aspire2inspire Dyslexia. Elizabeth talked about dyslexia awareness, the strengths of dyslexia, and dyslexia in education/workplace.