Disability History Month
Disability History Month (DHM) runs from 16 November to 16 December 2023 and this year’s theme is disability, children and youth. 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.
Wednesday 29 November, Imperial College Union is hosting an event on Unveiling the Past, Shaping the Future: Disability History Panel.
Tuesday 12 December, the Department of Infectious Disease has organised a special seminar on 'Living with viruses: the health impacts of chronic diseases'.
If you are planning an activity for Disability History Month, or an EDI event at any time of the year, please get in touch with the EDI Centre.
The 2023 communications campaign for Disability History Month will include profiles of staff and students discussing their experience of adjustments and other support at Imperial, research and initiatives that are improving the lives and experiences of disabled people, and tips on how to make digital and physical material accessible for everyone.
Campaign content from previous years
In 2022, we published Bringing different perspectives: navigating education and career with a disability. This piece featured:
- Dr Patrick Dunne, Future Leader Fellow (Advanced Research Fellow), Department of Physics
- Jasmine Chan, Undergraduate, Department of Chemistry
- Dr Ad Spiers, Lecturer in Robotics and Machine Learning, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Caroline Gilchrist, Student Wellbeing Adviser, Department of Computing.
In 2019, we published More than meets the eye: Meet five Imperial staff and students with invisible disabilities.
Support for disabled students at Imperial
In 2020, we published a video featuring Imperial students talking about the support they received from Imperial’s Disability Advisory Service, from autism social groups to accommodation adaptations.
Staff share tips and advice
In 2020, we published a video featuring Imperial staff sharing their tips and advice on how to tell a manager about a disability, how managers have supported them and how the Calibre course has helped them.
Good days and difficult days
Four members of staff share their personal experiences of mental health and work for Disability History Month 2018.