Disability and Impairment: a Technological Fix?

September 28, 2015 by richard

CFP: Disability and Impairment: a Technological Fix? (Nov. 2015: UK)

Event Title: Disability and Impairment: a Technological Fix?

Date: 27th November 2015

Location: London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB

Part of Disability History Month and supported by the King’s Fund, this conference will feature a range of speakers including community groups, heritage organisations and academics.


Papers are invited from across the heritage, cultural, academic and grassroots communities. Our aim is to generate a dialogue between these groups through a programme of presentations and shorts talks discussing the theme of technological change and the portrayal of disability then and now.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Assistive technology– the changing ways in which technology has been seen to act as an equaliser and a ‘fix’ for disability
Medical technology– the ways in which new medical technology has affected concepts of what is “normal”
A revolution?– comparisons of the portrayal of disability in the information age with agricultural and industrial societies.
We invite short abstracts of between 50 and 200 words for informal 10 minute presentations that share work-in- progress or provide an introduction to new projects or research that address these themes. We also invite abstracts for 20 minute papers or presentations exploring them themes in more detail.

This conference is being delivered on a not for profit basis and the organisers are unable to cover speakers costs except in cases where speakers would otherwise be prevented from attending for financial reasons.

Abstract deadline: 1 October 2015

Abstracts to: tom.furber@cityoflondon.gov,uk

UKDHM Day Conference – BFI

September 17, 2015 by richard

Day Conference – Portrayal of Disability in Mainstream Moving Image Media: Then and Now

BFI in partnership with UK Disability History Monthdownload

Join us for a day of discussion. Film clips, speakers, panels.
Focus on acting, writing, producing & directing.

Disabled and non-disabled practitioners:
Samuel West, Ben Anthony, Liz Carr, Paul Darke, Ju Gosling, Jaye Griffiths, Rahila Gupta, Ewan Marshall, Caglar Kimyoncu, Richard Rieser, Colin Rogers, Shirani Sabratnam, Allan Sutherland, Laura Wade, Danny Sapani.

The events will be signed.
Thurs 19 Nov 2015
Blue Room, BFI Southbank.

Tickets: BFI Box Office £10.00 (£3.00 concs), 020 7928 3232.


Followed by Launch of UKDHM 2015

Blue Room

Philippa Harvey (NUT President), Eleanor Lisney (Sisters of Frida), Sian Vesey, John McDonnell MP, Penny Pepper (Performer), Richard Rieser (UKDHM).

Reserve place for launch at info@ukdhm.org or 0207 359 2855.

Places limited for both events

Disability, International Solidarity and Equalities Event – University of Sussex

January 23, 2015 by richard

Dear member,
Your NUT branch Assn/Div, in conjunction with the Centre for World Economic History at the University of Sussex, invite you to attend this exciting and informative event, to be held in ARTS C 175 – THE GLOBAL STUDIES RESOURCES CENTRE. The focus throughout the day will be on the social implications of disability, as well as celebrating achievements of the less able. This event will highlight, in particular, the effect of wars – both past and present.
We are privileged to have speakers and presenters with first-hand knowledge and experience, and there will be stalls and displays with teaching resources as well.
Mandy Hudson, our representative for disabled members on the National Executive, will open proceedings. Our NUT Senior Vice-President, Philippa Harvey, will speak about the experiences of the recent NUT delegation to Palestine and be available to answer questions.
Richard Rieser, NUT campaigner for the disabled, and director of “World of Inclusion” will give an illustrated talk on Disability History and this years’ specific theme, and will be available throughout the day to field any questions/give advice.
We have speakers from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign; also from “Jews for Palestine”, as well as representatives from Amnesty.
Tom Yendell of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, (himself born without arms as a result of the drug thalidomide ) returns this year to highlight achievement of less abled people. His presentation illustrates both the work of MFPA and of the charity – T BAG – which he runs to support school student advancement in Ghana.
• The afternoon offers a fantastic opportunity to attend a live performance of “GENTLE MEN” with Robb Johnson and his musicians. This is a poignant song suite production which tells the tale of Robb’s two grandfathers, who were in the First World War and survived BUT were forever in its shadow, as illustrated in Part 2, which takes the audience forward to WW2. The song cycle has been highly acclaimed by Billy Bragg, Robin Deneslow of The Guardian, and The Living Tradition.
• The words and music of “GENTLE MEN” were written and composed by Robb Johnson, who is a local teacher and B and H NUT Committee member, and a highly proclaimed singer, song writer and activist.
Full details will be supplied on receipt of application. Places are limited so don’t delay in applying!
To reserve your place contact one of the following, giving details of your name, NUT Div/Assn email and phone would be helpful
Angie Travis B and H Equalities Officer, LEW Union Learning Rep
angiejeanne2@googlemail.com 01273 245378
Nigel Tart B and H Equalities Officer
Seema McArdle B and H President, International Solidarity Officer
Val Cane B and H Union Learning Rep
Michael Dumas B and H Union Learning Rep

All month
Manchester Events

November 30, 2014 by richard

Manchester UKDHM Events

War and Impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement, focusing on World War 1.

Manchester City Council, led by its Disabled Staff Group, marks UK Disability History Month with a series of free events linked to this year’s theme. Find out more about the impact of the First World War on the men disabled in combat and what happened on their return.

Free Events:

Hidden Histories of Disabled Veterans and the First World War
Wednesday 17 December 2014, 5.00 – 7.00pm.
FREE. Refreshments provided.
Two million men were disabled by World War one – what happened to them and to the wider society on their return from the war. Dr Ana Carden-Coyne explores these themes as part of UK Disability History Month. Hosted by Manchester City Council with Councillor Tracey Rawlins, lead member on disabled people’s issues. For more information email equalitiesteam@manchester.gov.uk
Dr Ana Carden-Coyne is Senior Lecturer in War and Conflict, University of Manchester and is a leading disability history academic.

First World War: soldiers, shellshock and disability. A Manchester story.
Monday 1 December 2014 – Monday 5 January 2015.
Interactive digital exhibition telling the stories of those injured in battle.

International Disabled People’s Day
Wednesday 3 December, 12.30 – 1.30pm
Celebrate International Disabled People’s Day with us by joining a disability Archives+ handling session.

First World War: shellshock and disability. The untold stories. Monday 12 December 2014 until Monday 5 January 2015.
People’s History Museum in partnership with Manchester City Council is hosting this exhibition.


The Sensory War 1914 – 2014 exhibition continues until 22 February 2015.

For more details

All month
West Sussex Events for UKDHM

by richard

Independent_Lives_logoDisability History Month Events
Join Independent Lives as we celebrate Disability History Month across West Sussex in November and December 2014.
At each event we want to hear your stories and experiences about how disabled people’s lives have changed over the years. There will also be opportunities to share ideas about working together and our Speaking Up for Disability exhibition will be on display.
To book your place on any of the following events please contact Sophie Thompson on 01903 219482 ext. 218, or text phone 01903 823173 or email sophie.thompson@independentlives.org
If you have any accessibility requirements please let us know when booking a place.

Haywards Heath
Do you have an object or picture with a story behind it? Bring it along and share your memories.
Guest speaker: Suzanne Rose from the Mass Observation Archive.
Tuesday 25th November from 1:30pm to 4:00pm.
Haywards Heath Town Council, Room One, 40 Boltro Road, RH16 1BA.

Join in and share memories: bring along an object or picture to talk about.
Guest speaker: Dame Philippa Russell, patron of Carers Support West Sussex.
Tuesday 2nd December from 10:00am to 12:30pm.
Maybridge Keystone Youth Club, Raleigh Way, Goring-by-Sea, BN12 6JD.

Come and learn a brief history of disability in the Chichester area since the 16th century witch trials.
Guest speaker: Toby Hewson from Just Different, a charity that creates positive social attitudes towards disability and difference among children and young people.
Tuesday 9th December from 2:00pm to 4:30pm.
New Park Centre, New Park Road, Chichester, PO19 7XY.

4th October to 6th December
Voices of War and Peace – Birmingham

November 29, 2014 by richard

Voices of War and Peace logo

Voices Of War & Peace Birmingham Library & Museum

A series of events, workshops and discussions on WWI.

Of particular interest during UKDHM:
First World War Study Day: Medicine/Injury/Trauma/Treatment
Saturday 6 December 10am-5pm

Study day on the First World War and medicine/injury/trauma/treatment/disability.  Book online

Find out more about The Voices of War Exhibition and related events.

18th November 2014 6pm
Launch UK Disability History Month 2014, London

November 22, 2014 by richard

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Places limited RSVP to rlrieser@gmail.com

You are invited to the 2014 Launch of UKDHM on Tuesday 18th November 6-8pm

War and Impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement


Kings RoLL  Bolton

Unite House, 128 Theobald’s Road, London, WC1X 8TN

BSL signer available. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.


John McDonnell (MP)
Diana Holland (Unite the Union)
Mo Stewart (disabled veteran WRAF)
Katherine Araniello (disabled performance artist)+ 3 Short films
Paula Peters  (DPAC)
Richard Rieser (National Co-ordinator UKDHM)
Arthur Torrington (Windrush Foundation)
Chair: Sean McGovern (TUC General Council)

Blue Badge Parking in Old Gloucester Street and Boswell Street (either side of building) Nearest Tube: Holborn

Must RSVP: Richard Rieser on 07715 420 727 or email: rlrieser@gmail.com/info@ukdhm.org

Download the invite

19th November to 15th December
Together Festival East London

November 21, 2014 by richard



12 November 2014 (to 15 January 2015) ART: Solo exhibition by Cedoux Kadima at The Hub, 123 Star Lane, London E16 4PZ. 020 3373 0750. Call for opening hours.
19 November 2014 (to 31 January 2015) ART: Together! 2014 Open Exhibition by locally based disabled artists at Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685. Call for opening hours.

Wednesday 19 November 2014 6.30-9pm ART/PARTY: Opening of the Together! 2014 Open Exhibition and festival launch party with Starpad DJs and Act Up Newham at Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685. BSL Interpreted.

Saturday 22 November (daytime) STREET ART: Celebrate the official start of Disability History Month with Natural Diversions in central Stratford.

24 November 2014 (to 15 January 2015) ART: Solo exhibition by Ian Farrant featuring portraits of disabled athletes and other work at Grassroots, Memorial Park, 66 Memorial Avenue, West Ham, London E15 3DB. 020 7474 6376. Call for opening hours.

Wednesday 26 November 2014, 3pm & 7pm MUSIC: Krip Hop Nation workshop and performance at Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685. BSL Interpreted.

Monday 1 December 2014 7-9pm MUSIC: Together! Music Club with Kate Portal and Baluji Shrivastav at the RC Centre, Vincent Street, Canning Town, London E16 1LZ. BSL Interpreted.

Wednesday 3 December 2014 (all day) ART: Participatory art event celebrating International Day of Disabled People with The Hands Project and international e-conferencing at Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685.

Thursday and Friday 4-5 December 2014 11am-3pm FILM: Animation workshop with David Proud at McGrath Centre, John Barnes Walk, McGrath Road, Stratford, London. E15 4SZ. 0203 3731801.

Friday 5-Sunday 7 December 2014 (6-8pm on 5th; 12-8pm on 6th & 7th)FILM: Together! Disability Film Festival at Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685. Click here for further details.

Tuesday 9 December 2014 11am-2pm CULTURE: Disability History Day with Newham Disabled Reps Forum at St Mark’s Community Centre, 218 Tollgate Road, Beckton, London E6 5YA.

Saturday 13 December 2014 (2.30pm and 7pm) COMEDY: ‘Sit-down’ comedy workshop and performance with The Wheelchair from Hell, Kate Caryer and Angry Fish. The House Mill, Three Mills Island, Bromley-by-Bow, London E3 3DU. 020 8980 4626. BSL Interpreted.

Saturday 13 December 2014 12pm KIDS: relaxed performance of One Snowy Night at Discover, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ. Click here for further details. NB: This is a paid-for production – £9 adults; £7 children; £27.50 family of four plus £5 per additional child; under-2s go free.

Sunday 14 December 2014 3.30pm KIDS: BSL-interpreted performance of One Snowy Night at Discover, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ. Click here for further details. NB: This is a paid-for production – £9 adults; £7 children; £27.50 family of four plus £5 per additional child; under-2s go free.

Sunday 14 December 2014 2pm MUSIC: Together! Recycled Band Concert at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (South Plaza). BSL Interpreted.

Sunday 14 December 2014 3-5pm LGBT/PARTY: LGBTea Party with Regard at Vicarage Lane Community Centre, Govier Close, E15 4HW. 0207 420 4986. BSL Interpreted.

Monday 15 December 2014 7-9pm POETRY/PARTY: Together! Pop-up Poetry Club launch their anthology at a very special edition of the Pop-up Poetry Café, where we also celebrate the end of the festival. At The Hub, 123 Star Lane, London E16 4PZ. 020 3373 0750. BSL Interpreted.

24th November 11am–3pm
Bristol Unite SW Disabled Members’ Event

November 5, 2014 by richard

Unite the Union

Speaker from UKDHM: Roddy Slorrach
Open to the public.

Unite The Union,
Tony Benn House
Victoria Street
Bristol BS1 6AY

Contact to reserve a place: Karen Cole
South West Regional Education and Equalities Officer

e-mail: karen.cole@unitetheunion.org
Direct Line: 0117 370 1274

25th November 11am–2pm
Leeds PCS

by richard


PCS Yorkshire & Humberside Disability Network event
Tuesday 25th November, 11.00 to 2.00.

War and impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement

Speaker: Kevin Mitchell, County Co-ordinator, Help for Heroes, South & West Yorkshire

Film showing: 100 Years of Disability

The event is open to the public and there will be a free buffet on the day. All welcome!

Venue: PCS Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Office, 3rd Floor, Town Centre House, Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8LY

Event contact: Michael Docherty
Tel: 07814226878

If you have any queries about the event, please let me know.