The Disability Discrimination Act 1995: The campaign for civil rights

November 6, 2015 by admin

From Scope:

November 2015 marks the twentieth anniversary since the Disability Discrimination Act became law in Britain. The law improved the lives of many disabled people and put anti-discrimination law on the statute book for disabled people.

However, it was the civil rights campaigners and activists who fought tirelessly to change the law that made this a remarkable moment in disability history.

We are marking this anniversary with a whole host of content on our website. Visit to find out more.

Photos courtesy of Baroness Campbell and Rachel Hurst.

Archive footage courtesy of ITN.

See  For an activist view that puts this celebration in A VRY DIFFERENT LIGHT.

What not to do #EndTheAwkward

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In this series of online film shorts for Scope’s #EndTheAwkward campaign, presenter and Scope Ambassador Alex Brooker reacts to hidden camera set-ups exposing how awkward we are around disability. This film was produced in partnership with Channel 4.

Scope End the Awkward Campaign

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At Scope we have a vision of a world where disabled people are equal and able to live independent lives.

Changing attitudes is a significant part of securing that vision. We know that two- thirds of people feel awkward around disabled people. The problem is even more prominent amongst younger people in Britain.

These negative attitudes can have a direct impact on a disabled person’s chances of making friends, getting a job or securing the services they need. When people don’t know a disabled person they can all too often believe lazy, offensive and incorrect stereotypes.

That’s why we’re passionate about changing public attitudes. But this is just one way we work to make the world a better place for disabled people.

Love and Disability

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From the panel discussion at BFI, 27th November 2015.

Love and Disability – Event text

Interview about deaf character in BBC Dr Who played by deaf actress Sophie Stone

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Interview about deaf character in Dr Who played by deaf actress Sophie Stone

In this 7 minute preview clip made by the BBC’s See Hear programme (and shown at the weekend as part of the See Hear Sign Language Festival), you can go behind the scenes and watch Deaf actress Sophie Stone performs recording an upcoming episode of Doctor Who.

Text of interview

Shifting Perceptions on TV – BFI

September 17, 2015 by richard

Love & Disability – Shifting Perceptions on TV

NFT 3 BFI South Bank Book online at BFI or 020 7928 3232

18.15 start (90mins to include 15mins clips and 30mins Audience Questions) 19.45 Finish

Jack Thorne (Writer Cast-Offs)
Victoria Wright (actress and Campaigner)
Ade Rawcliffe (Channel 4 Creative Diversity Manager – TBC)
Nabil Shaban (Writer/Actor)
Alison Walsh the BBC Disability Lead.

Chair: Richard Rieser (UKDHM)

Limited Wheelchair places

UKDHM Day Conference – BFI

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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 or 0207 359 2855.

Places limited for both events

Accentuate win major Disability History Project

July 9, 2015 by richard

Press release – Delivery phase History of Place announcement FINAL

Interview with Johnny Crescendo

May 1, 2015 by admin

An interview by UKDHM.
The first of a series of disabled people who have made recent history.

UKDHM 2014 Day Conference

March 19, 2015 by admin

The UKDHM 2014 Day Conference was held at Student Central on Malett St on 6 December 2014.
Footage of all speakers is available below: