Disability History Month runs from 22 November to 22 December every 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.

Disability History Month 2019

The national theme for UK Disability History Month 2019 is Leadership, Resistance and Culture, focusing on disabled leaders throughout history and their struggle for acceptance.

Imperial is also shining a spotlight on invisible/hidden disabilities this year.

To mark Disability History Month, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre has worked with Able@Imperial (the staff network for disability and disability supporters) and the Imperial College Union, to put on the following events.

Tuesday 26 November – Thursday 28 November

Book display

Display of books on a tableCentral Library, South Kensington Campus

Drop into the Central Library to check out our book display showcasing a range of fiction and non-fiction books on hidden disabilities.

We welcome recommendations for new books

Tuesday 26 November

Seated Volleyball 

16:00 – 17:00, Ethos
Open to staff and students

The volleyball club are running a seated volleyball session for students and staff to come along to and try out the sport.

Wednesday 27 November

Hidden Disabilities: Dyslexia

Portrait of Elizabeth Tayki

Talk by Elizabeth Takyi, Founder and CEO of A2i Dyslexia

13:00  14:00, South Kensington Campus, Skempton Building, Lecture Theatre 201
Open to staff and students

Diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Irlen Syndrome, Elizabeth set up charitable organisation, Aspire2inspire Dyslexia. The organisation supports adults with Dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, who want to start their own business, return to further education or improve their employability skills. Aspire2inspire Dyslexia have won numerous awards for the work they are doing in Wandsworth and around the country.

Elizabeth is a public and inspirational speaker, where she motivates others with her journey as a Dyslexic and how she hasn’t allowed her Dyslexia to hold her back. Elizabeth will cover Dyslexia awareness, strengths of Dyslexia, Dyslexia in education/workplace, assisted technology and equity & equality.

Find out more and book tickets.

Thursday 28 November

Disability awareness training

09:30  12:30, South Kensington Campus
Open to staff only

This half-day training session addresses stereotypes, myths and misconceptions about disability; introduces the Social Model and puts it in a practical context; enables participants to identify current or potential organisational inequalities; gives an overview of disability legislation; explores positive and practical changes which remove or reduce barriers; encourages questioning and is non-judgemental. The aim is to help staff carry out their responsibilities to students, staff and customers with disabilities. 

Find out more and book onto the training.

Monday 2 December

Comedy Night

20:00  23:00, South Kensington Campus, Union BarComedy Night poster showing microphone
Open to staff and students

Get ready for an uproarious evening of entertainment with a Disability History Month edition of Imperial College Union’s Comedy Night! Witness some of the UK’s finest stand-up comedians work their magic on stage. All the comedians in the line-up have a disability and tell their experiences of living with a disability through the medium of comedy.

Find out more and buy a ticket.

Tuesday 3 December

Film screening: Defiant Lives

18:00  19:30, South Kensington Campus, City and Guilds Building, LT 200Film poster with aquarium background with text saying Defiant Lives
Open to staff and students

Defiant Lives introduces the world to the most impressive activists you’ve never heard of and tells the story of the rise and fight of the disability rights movement in the United States, Britain and Australia. Watch the trailer.

Find out more and reserve a place.