Jack Harris, founder, with members. Jack was 40 years ahead of his time, telling members they could do what they liked and he would treat them like adults. Jack Harris, founder, with members. Jack was 40 years ahead of his time, telling members they could do what they liked and he would treat them like […]
Celebrating Our Struggle for Independent Living:
No Return to the Institution or Isolation
The treatment of disabled people and thinking about physical and mental difference has
varied over time. Overwhelmingly the experience has been negative, but there are always
individuals and episodes of history that go against the grain, resulting in positive experiences
for some disabled people. For Disabled People to live independently is now recognised as
a Human Right under Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
The 2013 UKDHM was concerned with looking at changing attitudes towards independent living.
G1 Closure of Long Stay Institutions Information Sheet The long stay hospitals had often taken over from workhouse hospitals and mental asylums. When the NHS was set up the Mental deficiency hospitals also became part of the long stay provision. The lack of support, adjustments in the outside world and lack of human rights meant […]
F2 KS3 Activity Mental Deficiency Meanwood Park Ida Norman “ I was coming out of mill, Friday night, five o’clock we left, now I was excited cos I’d got my first wages you see. Then I was going down the hill through the tunnel and this man at the bottom , they called him Wormald… […]
F1 Information Sheet the Mental Deficiency Act and Eugenicist Thinking Eugenics is defined as ‘the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics’ and was a false science largely based on wrong ideas and statistics and prejudice and scapegoating. In the C19th after Darwin published his […]
E4 Numbers and the New Poor Law
E3 Activities KS4 & KS5 on the Poor Laws and disabled people using internet based resources. A. Elizabethan Poor Law Look at http://www.victorianweb.org/history/poorlaw/elizpl.html 1. What were the religious duties considered necessary in the feudal system, before the ending of the monasteries and the charity they provided? 2. What were the three categories of the poor […]
E2 Activity KS3 & KS4. Did the Treatment of Poor People Improve after 1834 Poor Law ? More than 6,000,000 people visited the Great Exhibition in 1851. But what about the people who did not come? Among those who did not visit would have been poor people without means to support themselves. Had life improved […]
E1 Teachers Notes The Poor Laws and Disabled People. The history of the poor laws is conveniently divided into the Early Poor Law, Old Poor Law — crystallised in the 1601 Act for the Relief of the Poor, and the New Poor Law — heralded by the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. The Old […]
D4 Activities KS2 3 The live’s of disabled people in C16th Century In the crowded and unhealthy cities of Elizabethan England, conditions that resulted in long term impairment were very common. The city of Norwich carried out a ‘census of the poor’ in 1570, gathering information about the lives of 1,400 of the poorest people […]
D3 Activities KS3 & 4 History Drama PHSE Natural Fools in the court of Henry Eight at Hampton Court The Wellcome Trust who funded All the King’s Fools has provided a website www.allthekingsfools.co.uk This site contains longer videos of the Hampton Court performance, recreating how natural fools (people with learning difficulties), at the court of […]
D2 Natural Fools in the court of Henry Eight at Hampton Court Activities PHSE KS2 http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/educationandcommunity/hamptoncourtschools/Schoolandcollegevisits/crosscurricularresources/pshe In 2011 Hampton Court Palace hosted a group of actors, called the Misfits, to investigate the role of the fool or jester at the Tudor court. All the performers playing the fools had learning difficulties. The education team at […]
D1 Teachers Notes Disabled People in the Period 1485 to 1660 When Henry VIII split from the Roman Church, he ordered the ‘Dissolution of the Monasteries’. Across the country, religious houses were demolished and monks and nuns driven out. The hospitals in these buildings were lost, along with the systems of care they had provided […]
C1 Teachers notes Disability in the Feudal and Medieval period Disability in the medieval period 1050-1485 This section describes the life of people with disabilities in the medieval period. It also explains how monasteries and convents cared for sick and disabled people and became the hospitals we use today. In feudal and medieval period, most […]
B5 Disability Time Line – NHS North West
B4 In depth biographies of disabled people who have made a difference: Activities KS4/5 1.Check out ‘Our Statures Touch the Skies’- Tom Shakespeare’s blog http://disabledlives.blogspot.co.uk/ ‘Disability is part of the human condition. At any one time, perhaps 15% of the population have a disability: add illness and ageing and impairment comes to us all. In […]
B3 Activities KS2 KS3 KS4 Disabled People who have made a difference As United Nations Enable points out, “deep and persistent negative stereotypes and prejudices against persons with certain conditions and differences” exist throughout the world. Yet the present day and recorded history is full of disabled people who have impacted the world. Here are […]
B2 Activities KS3 and KS4 using NHS Disability history timeline [Go to B6 PDF ‘A Disability History Timeline The struggle for equal rights through the ages’ Produced by Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights NHS North West March 2013] 1. Read the pages on cultural representation and stereotypes of disabled people and answer questions below. a) […]
B1 Activities KS2 Disability Time line exercise Speaking for Ourselves Download Scope Timeline Speaking For Ourselves Timeline Last 100 Years http://www.disability.co.uk/sites/default/files/resources/timeline.pdf Also available with other resources www.speakingforourselves.org.uk Read and discuss the timeline. Note that this was produced by Scope, a charity that supports and campaigns for rights for people with cerebral palsy and all disabled […]
A 8 Resource Sheet: The origin of negative words associated with disability Afflicted This implies that some higher being has cast a person down (‘affligere’ is Latin for to knock down, to weaken), or is causing them pain or suffering. Cripple The word comes from Old English crypel or creopel, both related to the verb […]
1i. Following a discussion with the class about who are disabled people, students in groups, write down with felt pens on a large sheet of paper, all the words they have ever heard about disabled people. 1ii After sharing their information ask the groups to identify those words that are positive or neutral, by circling […]
A4 Activity on Traditional /Medical /Social Models of Disability Make the 30 statements below into 30 statements on cards Mix up the cards Get groups to sort them under three headings: Traditional, Medical and Social Model Views 30 Statement Traditional View Your impairment is a punishment from God You are a freak […]
A3 Information and Activity. Who are disabled people? Equality Act Definition. Today we have a legal definition in the 2010 Equality Act which is largely the same as in the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act. This says a person is disabled if you ‘have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative […]
A2 Ways of thinking about disability KS2 Activity Watch the extract and reading of the book ‘Winnie the Witch’ Social Model of Disability The social model of disability says that disability is caused by the way society is organised, rather than by a person’s impairment or difference. It looks at ways of removing barriers that […]
A1 Teachers Guide, Ways of thinking and speaking about Disabled People The models of disability It was the segregation, discrimination and exclusion of disabled people from community life, that led the Disability Movement to challenge the way in which people were treated and labelled by society and the medical profession in particular. The traditional model […]
A0 Introduction to NUT web pages for UK Disability History Month (UKDHM)2012 UKDHM formally takes place between 22nd November and 22nd December each year, though many events and activities take place outside this time slot. It is supported by more than 100 organisations, including the NUT. The purpose of UK Disability History Month is:- To […]
Read the 2013 broadsheet on Our Struggle for Independent Living
Footage from the launch of UKDHM 2013. Presentations by Richard Rieser, Kevin Courtney, Jan Walmsley, Jackie Downer and Mike Oliver.
UK Disability History Month interviewed medieval historian Irina Metzler about what life was like for disabled people in the middle ages.
A large number of information and activities to bring different aspects of disability history into the curriculum focussing on the way disabled people were treated from 1000 AD to the present day.