Swansea University Disability History Blog

November 22, 2014 by richard

I’m part of a history project at Swansea University based on disability history, and disability history month. We have been producing a blog focussed on one of the institutions in Swansea, and also at some of the wider themes. I was just looking on you website, and you mention about having projects posted on your website or even facebook? We were just wondering if you could share our blog with some of your followers? The address is http://swandishist.wordpress.com/

Stella Young Ted Talk-Against How Disabled People are seen as Inspiration Porn

November 21, 2014 by richard

Stella Young
A great talk by Australian disabled journalist and comedian challenging the common stereotype of viewing disabled people doing ordinary things as insopirational and instead talking about a social model approach.

Inspiration porn and the objectification of disability: Stella Young at TEDxSydney 2014 9.26 mins.

Published on 13 May 2014
Stella Young is a comedian, disability advocate and Editor of ABC’s Ramp Up website, the online space for news, discussion and opinion about disability in Australia.

Scope End the Awkward Campaign

November 20, 2014 by richard

Three short TV adverts on how to respect disabled people. Form a good talking point for discussion.

Resources to prevent disablist language based bullying

November 17, 2014 by richard

UKDHM Supports Anti Bullying Week 17th to 21st November 2014
The focus of this year’s Anti Bullying Week is on disabled children and young people and those with SEN who experience the highest rates of bullying and harassment in our schools and colleges.
Resources for schools about challenging disablist language:
The use of verbal abuse as a form of bullying of disabled children and young people is widespread. This has a significant negative impact on self-esteem and achievement. To challenge it requires a consistent whole school approach involving staff, pupils, parents and carers. All members of the school community need to be equipped to always challenge and explain why such language is unacceptable.
ABA have created 10 top tips with World of Inclusion about how you can challenge disablist language in schools.

10 Tips on Tackling Disablist Language Based Bullying in Schools

The ABA with UK Disability History Month have produced a resource for teachers .
Teacher resource – the history of disability harassment and bullying (classroom ideas)
Challenging Bullying and Harassment of Disabled People

We can stop bullying: worksheet for teachers
This resource was written by the Alliance for Inclusive Education as part of their How was school? series of worksheets. It was written to support Anti-Bullying Week and is endorsed by ABA. It explores disabled people experiences of being bullied when they were at school and gives classroom activity ideas.

We can stop bullying: worksheet for teachers

Colin Barnes on Social Model of Disability producedd by UCU for Disability History Month

by richard

UCU produced a film as a contribution to Disability History Month (22 November to 22 December). We have aimed to make this film accessible to all members and welcome any feedback. Please use this film to commemorate Disability History and as a trade union and teaching resource to raise awareness of the importance of the social model of disability.

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Barriers strip cartoon 2 without lettering.2

You Tube UKDHM films

November 4, 2014 by richard


Disabled century two BBC films about C20th

by richard


War – long associated with giving an impetus to the feminist movement – also played a major part in transforming people’s views of disability.

Not only have this century’s two world wars created a large number of disabled people, but a shortage of workers in the Second World War prompted many companies to hire staff with disabilities.

The first part of BBC Two’s series The Disabled Century examines the change in attitudes towards disability between 1914 and 1944.

Before the First World War, disabled people tended to be isolated and seen as the “deserving poor”.

During the war, 1.5m people lost limbs, were blinded, became deaf or suffered severe mental trauma or brain damage.

People who suffered shell shock were classed as mentally ill. If they were badly affected, they were sent to a mental home.

Lost limbs

Horace Blackburn was disabled from childhood. During the First World War, he fitted limbs to people wounded in the war.

“I told my mother and she said that is what happens in war. No-one wants them. They have done their bit and are fobbed off with a bit of pension,” he said.

War veterans say they got four shillings for a lost arm and five or six shillings for a lost leg.

The war brought physical disability out into the open. But the government was still locking away people with learning difficulties under the 1913 Mental Defectives Act.

Bill Surrey was locked up at the age of seven and spent 70 years in an institution.

Citizenship and Secondary History. These six posters were produced by the Birmingham Disability History Project

October 19, 2014 by richard

Citizenship and Secondary History.
These six posters were produced by the Birmingham Disability History Project and focus on six leading members of the British Disability Movement and their role in bringing about rights for disabled people.

Ian Stanton – Natural Born Rebel.  download
Paul Hunt – Institutions are not solutions.  download
We are not Objects of Pity – Block Telethon.  download
Vic Finklestein – Building A Movement.  download
DAN – To Boldly Go Where Everyone Else Has Gone Before.  download
Not Dead Yet – Jane Campbell.  download