4th December 2014
Brunel University London celebrates UK Disability History Month

November 4, 2014 by richard

12.30, Darwin Room, Hamilton Centre


Disability Month Poster 2014 Brunel 4th December


Professor Lorraine DeSouza, ‘Rehabilitation through the wars’ – Lorraine is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality and Diversity and Staff Development.
Emma Farquharson, Emma is an advanced physiotherapy practitioner at Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre, which looks after wounded service men and women returning from conflict zones, and is also a Teaching Fellow in Physiotherapy, Department of Clinical Sciences. Emma will be speaking about ‘Rehabilitation of servicemen and women following injury’.
Professor Peter Beresford ‘War and Impairment; from post-traumatic stress disorder to mad studies’. Peter is the Director for the Centre for Citizen Participation, Department of Clinical Sciences.
We will finish with a short question and answer session.

This event is open to staff & students
For catering purposes, or if you have any questions, please could you contact jean.meehan@brunel.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.
This event is sponsored by The Equality Office and is an annual event, now in its fifth year.

4th December 2–3pm
St Fagan’s, Cardiff

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4 December 2014, 2–3pm

St Fagans National History Museum

Explore objects that reveal the psychological and physical impact of the First World War on the health of Welsh soldiers.

Location: Castle   
Adults: Free
Booking Essential.
Tel: 02920 573424

More info here

Disabled century two BBC films about C20th

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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.

6th December
‘One Last Push’ Screening, Edinburgh

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A Disability History Month Scotland Event:

This animation tells the story of the disability movement from WWI to the present day, using WWI and disability artifacts and narration by local people. Our locally crafted Memory Box containing these memorabilia will be on display, along with striking photos and commentaries.

Saturday 6th December 4.30-9.00pm
Edinburgh City Chambers, 253 High Street
Book your free ticket at www.eventbrite.com.

Full information here

6th December
UKDHM Day Conference, London

by richard

Day Conference Saturday 6th December 2014, 10am to 4pm
Room 3D, Students Central, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY
War and Impairment :The Social Consequences of Disablement

Neil Faulkner ‘Industrialised slaughter: how the world went mad in 1914’
Roddy Slorach ‘A Brief History of Disabled War Veterans’
Kate Macdonald ‘Seeing Disability in British First World War popular culture’
– Lunch –
Pieter Verstraete ‘Commemorating the disabled soldier – tales from the unknown’
Emmeline Burdett ‘The Portrayal of the Disabled Soldier in Wilfred Owen’s poem Disabled (1917)
Richard Rieser ‘The Social Impact of Impairment and War in the Majority World’
Chair Paula Peters (DPAC)

Each presentation will be followed by discussion.
Book your place at info@ukdhm.org or rlrieser@gmail.com

Fee £5 on door or £2 unwaged. Lunch Provided

Bio of speakers
Neil Faulkner
is a leading First World War archaeologist, a research fellow at Bristol University, and co-director of field projects in Britain, Jordan, and Slovenia. He works as a lecturer, writer, editor, and occasional broadcaster. An independent revolutionary socialist and activist, he is the author of ‘A Marxist History of the World: from Neanderthals to neoliberals’ and ‘No Glory: the real history of the First World War’.

Roddy Slorach first became involved with the disability movement in 1990 while still living in Glasgow. A longstanding socialist and trade union activist, he works in higher education and is a member of the Disabled Members Standing Committee with the University and Colleges Union. Roddy is currently writing a book on the history and politics of disability

Kate Macdonald ‘Kate Macdonald teaches English literature at Ghent University, Belgium, and is the author of many books, book chapters and articles on 20th-century British popular culture and literary history. She is a visiting research fellow at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, for autumn 2014-15, working on a project investigating depictions of physical impairment in British popular culture during the First World War.’

Pieter Verstraete is associate professor History of education at the Research Unit Education, Culture and Society of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the KU Leuven (Belgium). In his research he focuses on 1/the history of rehabilitation 2/the role played by emotions in the history of education 3/the educational history of prevention in the context of TBC, leprosy, polio and aids/hiv and 4/ the historical links between art, education and disability. He just co-authored a book on the history of Belgian invalid soldiers during the Great War (Dutch & French: Verminkte stilte/ Le silence mutilé) and is now working on a publication that will focus on the history of Belgian disabled veterans in the Inter-war period.

Dr Emmeline Burdett gained her PhD from University College London in 2011. She is an associate of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies (CCDS) at Liverpool Hope University, and a book reviewer for H-Disability, which is part of H-Net, an online humanities resource run by Michigan State University. In addition she sub-edits for Disability Arts Online, and edited a number of chapters of Dr Colin Cameron’s book Disability Studies: A Student’s Guide. She contributed a chapter on Eugenics to the same book, and has also written a chapter for Dr David Bolt’s forthcoming book Changing Social Attitudes towards Disability. Her interests include disability and bioethics, and portrayals of disability in the arts.

Richard Rieser is the coordinator of UKDHM www.ukdhm.org and a consultant, writer and trainer on disability equality and inclusive education which he carries out through World of Inclusion Ltd www.worldofinclusion.com . Richard is a disabled activist, campaigner, teacher, writer and film maker and over the last 30 years has run a wide number of projects aimed at developing inclusion and greater disability equality in the UK and around the world. Through UKDHM he hopes to develop greater understanding of our struggles against oppression in the past to help achieve equality today and in the future.

8th December 2pm
FDA, London SE1 7NN

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Unseen: Working with Non-Visible Disability
Monday 8th December 2014 at 2.00pm
FDA head office, 8 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

To celebrate this year’s Disability History Month, the FDA – alongside the CPS’s Disabled Staff Network – will be holding an event looking at non-visible disability.

Guests will hear from speakers about working with cancer, dyslexia and work-related stress. The talks will be followed by drinks and refreshments.

Open to the public contact Sacha Dutta
If you would like to attend, please email FDA’s Organiser Sacha Dutta at sacha@fda.org.uk

1st December
Cambridge at the Meadows Community Centre

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DHM 14 Cambridge

Easy Read Flyer – Cambridge Disability History Day 2014Civic event to celebrate Disability History Month and International Day of Disabled People.
Please see the attached flyer with further information. In summary the event is on:

Monday 1st December 2014, 10.30 am – 4.00 pm, at the Meadows Community Centre
With special guest: Francesca Martinez


The day will include speakers, performers, stall holders, a mini-advice centre, disability history displays and quiz and various other activities. Approximate times
10.30 – doors open with refreshments, networking, and workshop activities.
11.30 – 12.45 – speakers and performers.
12.45 – 1.45 – lunch.
1.45 – Disability history quiz
2.00- Keynote performer – the fantastic and fantastically funny Francesca Martinez.
2.30 – onwards – networking and workshops.

The event is free, however everyone who would like to attend will need to book, details are on the flyer attached.

For information:
Nationally the key aims of the month:
to raise awareness of the unequal position of disabled people in society and to advocate disability equality;
to develop an understanding of the historical roots of this inequality;
to highlight the significance of disabled people’s struggles for equality and inclusion and the ‘social model’ of disability;
to publicise and argue for the implementation of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities and the Equalities Act (2010).

Locally the aims are:
to celebrate the lives and achievements of disabled people in Cambridge.
to present new work – the Local Needs Assessments and the Accessible Britain project.
to provide a networking opportunity to bring all the Disability sector together.

11th December
Scapegoat – Katharine Quarmby, Southwark

November 1, 2014 by richard

41bnqUzIpSL_00241bnqUzIpSL_002Thursday 11th December, 3pm to 4.30pm

LB Southwark 160 Tooley St, SE1 2TZ, in Unity Kitchen Café, Refreshments provided.
3pm to 4pm
Talk, followed by Q&A by Author and Journalist Katharine Quarmby about her book
‘Scapegoat’, which traces the history of disability and our discomfort with it:

Further information about ‘Scapegoat’ can be found on Katharine’s website:

4pm to 4.30pm
Members of the Southwark Staff Disability Forum, Soraya Misiri, and Francesca Pratt, will talk about UKDHM, and the work of the Staff Disability Forum.