2019: Leadership, Resistance and Culture

UKDHM in 2019 will focus on disabled leaders throughout history and their struggle for acceptance. UKDHM will examine how the leaders of the disabled peoples movement managed to change the way disability was seen as a personal burden to a human rights issue through using the social model of disability from 1970 to the present and the lessons we learn from this. We will look at earlier examples of individual and collective resistance to the oppression disabled people have faced at work, in education, in their local community and at home and we will examine the culture of the disability arts movement from which they drew their collective strength. We will also examine the struggles of disabled people from earlier times for fairness and equality and a life worth living.