25th November 11am–2pm
Leeds PCS

November 5, 2014 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.

25th November
University of Derby, Buxton

by richard

The Royal Devonshire Hospital (1)

University to re-live its role in healing WW1 wounds

Buxton’s Devonshire Dome will relive its part in healing the wounds of the First World War on November 25 when the University of Derby hosts a conference examining changing attitudes to  disability.

The  Dome – now the University’s Buxton campus – was called up as a hospital to care for British, Canadian and ANZAC soldiers injured in the conflict.

And the BBC has just completed a major film about its most famous nurse – author and feminist Vera Brittain, who trained at the Dome in 1915 when it was the Devonshire Hospital.

As part of National Disability History Month, the University’s Disability Coordinator Olivia Ramsbottom is bringing together organisations who work with disability to look at attitudes from the past and compare them to those of today.

“The centenary of the outbreak of WW1 and the Dome’s role in helping the wounded was an ideal starting point for the day,” said Olivia, who lectures in Business and Management.

Events will include a presentation on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, now recognised as a major issue among veterans, but only beginning to be understood when the Dome was treating soldiers injured at the Front.

Combat Stress, the UK charity which helps military personnel, will open the event, and one of the University’s lecturers will also talk about his work with veterans in the United States. The Grapevine Wellbeing Centre and other local organisations helping people with disabilities are also attending.

One of Vera Brittain’s close friends suffered from shell shock, as PTSD was then known, and she told the story of his lost generation in Testament of Youth, on which the BBC and Heyday Films have based their film of the same name.

Starring Swedish star Alicia Vikander as Vera, the film will be shown later this year or early in 2015.

The Dome’s patients kept an autograph album during the war, detailing their names, regiments, where they were injured and when they went home.

The wounded came from battles including the Somme, Loos and Gallipoli – but one gunner received his injuries in Newcastle-on-Tyne during a Zeppelin raid in 1915.

Comments in the book include a rude ditty about Kaiser Wilhelm, jokes – and a poem exhorting patients to “spread a little sunshine.”

For More Information contact John Phhips j.phillips@derby.ac.uk 
Vera Brittain

1st December 2014
Snapshot on Disability, Manchester

by richard

Snapshot on Disability 1 December 2014 12.30-1.30
People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER
Go behind the scenes and delve into our unique photo collections

Did you know the museum holds an archive of over 95,000 photographs? Go behind the scenes and delve into our unique photo collections, the Labour Party photograph collection and the Communist Party of Great Britain photograph collection.
In this lunchtime drop in session, browse through photographs on the theme of disability and uncover history through the lens.
Suitable for adults and young people
• Treat yourself to 15% off in The Left Bank cafe bar and 10% off in the museum shop when you attend an event at the People’s History Museum
• Please note event attendees must arrive at least ten minutes before the start time of the event, otherwise their booked space will be given to someone on the reserve list
• Please contact the museum as soon as possible if you wish to cancel your reservation so your place can be given to another visitor
• Please note all donations are non refundable
• Voluntary contribution £3.00 expected.

1-December-2014-Snapshot-on-Disability-@-Peoples-History-Museum-001 (1)Come and visit our latest changing exhibition A Land Fit For Heroes: War and the Working Class 1914-1918. On show from Saturday 24 May 2014 to Sunday 1 February 2015.

3rd December
Kate MacDonald, Oxford Bodleian Library

by richard

Kate MACDONALD lecture 3 Dec 2014

3rd December
Hackney Museum UN International Day for Disabled People 4pm – 6pm

by richard

Hackney Disability Back Up will be marking this day here in Hackney with an event at the Hackney Museum. The museum staff will give a guided tour of the museum of the Strike A Pose exhibition and there will be an opportunity to get involved in some photography-based activities exploring identity and work in Hackney.

Speakers include Richard Rieser, UK Disability History Month and Debbie Snowden, The Garden School, Hackney.

Please meet us in the reception of the museum at 4pm (the event will end by 6pm) at 1 Reading Lane, Hackney E8 1GQ. The museum is inside Hackney Service Centre (nearest station Hackney Central or buses 30, 48, 55, 106, 236, 254, 276, 277 or 394 stop nearby).

All disabled people and support groups are welcome – please email Anna Sexton, Wellbeing Co-ordinator to RSVP or find out more about taking part.


UN International Day of Disabled People

3rd December and all month

by richard

Equal Lives and Disability History Month 22 November – 22 December including the International Day of Disabled People which is on 3rd December 2014
This year the theme for Disability History Month is War and Impairment: The Social Consequence of Disablement which links with the centenary of the start of World War 1.
We are working with Norwich Library Services and the Castle Museum to put together a display of information including images, books and films on the theme which will travel around several libraries in Norfolk.
We have also been working with some of our member groups who have put together their own display board to promote event looking at a particular theme associated with the event, these include social inclusion, employment and housing. We would like the event to inform their local community about Disability History Month and improve awareness of disability. This also gives the groups the opportunity to promote their group to other people encouraging them to join their group and also promote this through local media.
Below is a list of dates when the display and information will be at your local Library. We hope you will support the event.
24 November – 1 December 2014 Diss Library, Church St, IP22 4DD
2 – 8 December 2014
Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, NR2 1AW
8 – 15 December 2014 Watton Library, George Trollope Rd, IP25 6AS
16 – 23 December 2014 Sheringham Library, New Road,
NR26 8EB
23 December 2014- 9 January 2015 North Walsham Library, New Road, NR28 9DE
9-16 January 2015 Gt Yarmouth Library, Tolhouse St, NR30 2SH
19 – 26 January 2015 Kings Lynn Library, London Rd, PE30 5EZ
26th January 2015 – 2 February 2015 Fakenham Library, Oak St, NR21 9DY

The event at the Forum on Wednesday 3rd December from 9.00-1 pm
Which is International Day of Disabled People.
We are having a small display of stands including information from the Libraries on UK DHM, a recent project which the Youth Forum have been working on with the Castle Museum, Norwich, our member groups from Norwich including Norwich Access, Norwich ILG and Norwich Sing Your Heart Out. We will also have a stand promoting Equal Lives.
We will also be showing a series of short films in the Cure from 9.30 through to 1.00. These compare and contrast issues which around the Social Consequence of Disablement as a result of War. These include:
• Injuries to forces personal and their journey through the Ministry of Pensions from Rehabilitation to finding a Job. We contrast this to the Help for Heroes Charity and their stance around injured forces men and women from the recent Iraq, Afghan Wars
• The examination and treatment around “Shell Shock” and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
• How the first War affected deaf children and how they reacted. We are looking at a comparison to how War affects civilians/Refugees
• The Youth Forum have completed a film looking at the effect of War on the family compared to how it affects the family now.
• We are also looking at issues around the Holocaust.
There is an opportunity after each film to have a debate around the issues raised.
Over the last few months whilst we have been working with several member groups some have highlighted local issues which are affecting individuals in their community such as:
o Lack of suitable Housing for people with disabilities in Kings Lynn
o Building Access issues in Sheringham
o Health issues in Dereham & Watton. Local Gp Practices “striking” off patients from their lists.
We thought we would have more time in the New Year to debate/have an open discussion with the local groups and residents as to seeking a response from Housing Associations, residential/Supported Housing, The Tourist Board, the local chamber of Commerce and local MPs/Councillors, GPs, the CCGs etc. Possibly working with these organisations to overcome these disability barriers.

3rd December
Southwark Council

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Wednesday 3rd December, 12pm to 2.30pm.
LB Southwark 160 Tooley St, SE1 2TZ, in the Atrium.
The Southwark Equality and Diversity Group Present
Performances to Celebrate International Day of Person’s with a Disability and UK Disability History Month:

Performance Mind The Gap 12:00 -12:10pm
Performance of Hate Crime Scenes 12:20 -12:30
Cooltan Arts Poetry Recitals 12:40 – 12:50
Mind The Gap Performance of Hate Crime Scenes
Cooltan Arts Prose Recitals 13:00-13:10
Lizzie Emeh of Heart n Soul Musical Performance 13:00-14:00

SED Event 3rd Dec Poster 2 (2)

You Tube UKDHM films

November 4, 2014 by richard


Did shell shock make us serious about mental health?

by richard

Veterans gardening in 1917 and today to help overcome battle trauma. Images courtesy of Getty and gardeningleave.org

A web piece by BBC looking into how attitudes to veteran’s mental health has changed since 1917.

See it here.

The untold stories of deaf people in WWI

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An entry on the BBC Ouch blog on the fates of deaf ex-soldiers.

When the war broke out, sentries were deployed across the country and security was tightened. But many deaf people were unaware of the new rules … and paid for it with their lives.

“Deaf people walking along the road were told to stop by sentries. But when they continued to walk, they were shot,” says historian Norma McGilp, who is herself deaf and has been researching a book about the experiences of deaf people in World War One.

“There are a number of stories about deaf people being randomly shot while walking home from work, cycling or generally getting on with life,” McGilp tells See Hear.

Reports like these peppered the pages of local and national newspapers at the start of the war but by September 1914, the British Deaf Times had published a set of guidelines warning its readers not to go out walking alone or near railway lines, stations and public buildings, and advised they be accompanied by a hearing person where possible.

Though some deaf people became unforeseen casualties of home front security, evidence has also emerged about how many were involved in the country’s war effort.

In London, a deaf volunteer battalion was reported to have been trained in drill and tunnel digging and a number of deaf people were employed in factories as munitions workers – making and testing shells, fuses, and manufacturing everything from tools through to wheels.