Leeds University Student Disability Action Group

November 29, 2016 by admin

5th December
Leeds University Student Disability Action Group

Speaker Richard Rieser Coordinator UKDHM
Leeds Business School, Maurice Keyworth Lecture Theatre G.02

Aston Disabled Members Conference

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10am Thursday 1st December
University and College Union Disabled Members Conference
Aston University Conference Centre,
Sellhouse 1&2, Aston Street, Birmingham B4 7ET

UCU will be celebrating Disability History Month at its Disabled Members Conference at Aston University, Birmingham on 1 December 2016. UKDHM for its theme in 2016 will focus on the language used to describe disabled people, the language disabled use to express themselves. Richard Rieser, Co-ordinator of Disability History Month will be speaking and there will be a photograph activity to celebrate the theme. Members will be asked to participate in a photo montage entitled “this is what I call myself, this is what you call me”. Members can choose what they want to write on a card that they can hold in front of them. Photos will be uploaded to the website (with the permission of the member). There will also be a session on the participation and inclusion of disabled members in the workplace and within UCU.

Disability Rep Forum

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We would like to invite you all to join us for the next Disability Rep Forum meeting on 13th December (agenda and flyer attached). We will be having a Christmas party as well as celebrating the Disability History Month (DHM). The subject of this year’s UKDHM is Disability and Language – what words are used to describe disabled people and their impairments.

The event will be taking place at St Mark’s Community Centre, 218 Tollgate Road, Beckton, E6 5YA, with registration beginning at 10.30am and the celebration finishing at around 2pm.

Please could you let us know by 2nd December if you will be attending and if you will be bringing additional guests so that we can organise the catering.

Frances Ryan video: It’s time to stop calling disabled people inspirational

November 27, 2016 by richard

Frrances Ryan  video Its time to stop calling disabled people inspirational


Launch of Open University education resources

November 25, 2016 by admin

Portcullis House, Parliament
22 November 2016

Download the pack here

Jan Draper, introduced by Jan Walmsley

Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education


Nick Llewellyn and Paul Christian present Access All Areas


Resource: The Cocoa Song


Richard Rieser


Kevin Courtney (NUT General Secretary)


Patrick Burke (People First Merseyside)


Deb Evans


Richard Rieser on UKDHM 2016

2016 Launch Event

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At King’s Place, London
22 November 2016

See the programme of speakers

A series of poems by Maresa MacKeith and Micheline Mason were commissioned for UKDHM 2016.
Download the booklet

Chaired by Susie Burrows

Maresa MacKeith



Lee Humber

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Penelope Beschizza

Download presentation powerpoint


Micheline Mason

Download the poem ‘A Thousand Buttonholes’


Richard Rieser


Louise Regan


Cian Binchy (Access all Areas)

Manchester City Council’s Disabled Staff Group

November 20, 2016 by admin

UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) 2016 event hosted by Manchester City Council’s Disabled Staff Group
At City Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester

On Wednesday 30th November 2016

The theme for the event is
“Disability and Language”

The event will begin at 10.30 am with an open static exhibition until 4.00pm.

The evening event will begin between 5.00 pm and 5.15pm with light refreshments.

It will be opened by our own Councillor Tracey Rawlins Communities and Equality Scrutiny Committee Chair, who will give a brief address.

There will be a presentation by
Professor Peter Mittler, CBE; Chartered Psychologist Hon Research Fellow and former Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Manchester; UN Consultant in Disability and Development; Human Rights Adviser Dementia Alliance International.

Followed by a questions and answer session,

The event will end at 7.30pm with a vote of thanks.

To confirm your attendance for the evening event contact Lorraine Ward, Chair, Manchester City Council’s Disabled Staff Group via email on l.ward@manchester.gov.uk

International Day of Disabled People

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International Day of Disabled People – 3rd December – is a key date every year in celebrating the lives and achievements of disabled people around the world. Disability Action in Islington (DAI), Islington Personal Budgets Network (IPBN) & Islington Disabled People Against Cuts (IDPAC) will be coming together to run a stall in Chapel Market, Angel N1, on International Day; and we would like to invite you to join us.

On the day, we will be:

  • Interviewing local disabled people, compiling our story of what it means to be disabled in the 21st century
  • Sharing information, knowledge & resources around local services, organisations and campaigns
    Building a snapshot of local issues
  • Building a network to develop local campaigns around these issues
  • Raising funds for local campaigns through selling DPAC merchandise
  • Offering Festive Refreshments

If you would like to volunteer your support, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing Andy Greene on: andy@daii.org

Discussion Panel in aid of UKDHM

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The event is a Discussion Panel in aid of Disability History Month in which we will have 3 panelist speakers discussing topics around disability. The event will be held in the Loughborough Student’s union on Tuesday the 29th November and will run roughly from 6pm- 9pm.

The topic areas we are particularly interested in discussing are:
Disability and Language
Social Issues

Education resources for schools and colleges on the history of learning disability, 1900 to the present day

November 17, 2016 by richard


The Open University, UK Disability History Month and Access All Areas have collaborated to produce this on-line resource

With the prevalence of negative language about disabled people and increased name based bullying at school or college particularly for students with learning difficulties this resource will be useful to teachers to raise understanding and empathy amongst students.

This new online resource comprises a bank of educational activities from Year 5 through to Year 13 on the history of learning disability. It is relevant to a wide range of subject areas, for both mainstream and special educational provision. Many of the activities area also suitable for adults with learning disabilities who are interested in history. The activities cover various aspects of learning disability history, from the early 20th century to the present day, spanning life in institutions and in the community. The activities also engage with contemporary issues of equality, rights, discrimination, disablist language and bullying.

The activities are built around the film No Longer Shut Up by Advocreate (see below), focusing on the life of Mabel Cooper who was institutionalised at 3-weeks-old until she was in her 30s. Upon her release, Mabel became an active campaigner for people with learning disabilities and was awarded an Honorary Degree from The Open University in 2010 in recognition of her work. Mabel believed passionately in the importance of teaching young people about the history of policies and practices that stigmatised and separated people. She argued until the final week of her life in 2013 that this aspect of disabled people’s history in the UK needed to be known, to help change attitudes and improve people’s lives in the future.

View the film and plan which activities you will use. No Longer Shut Up timings describes scenes in the film and gives timings so you can choose which clips you want to show. The treatment of those labeled as ‘feeble-minded’ and their incarceration in institutions following the Mental Deficiency Act 1913 are a sorry part of our recent history. It is recommended that before working with these materials you read Institutionalisation: an historical perspective by Professor Jan Walmsley or a shortened version by UK Disability History Month.

You may also find it useful to read the Guide to using the education resources as well as viewing the table below, which provides links to the activities. The table clarifies which subject areas each activity relates to, and which year groups they appropriate for.

Finally, we have compiled a list of additional resources for you. Some of these resources are included in specific activities, and others are further ideas you may wish to follow up.

The activities

(Please note: activity titles with an asterisk (*) next to them in the table below are suitable for adults with learning disabilities.)

Activity Title Years 5-6 (upper KS2) Years 7-9 (KS3 Years 10-11 (KS4) Years 12-13 (KS5) Curriculum area
1 Labels good and bad* Tutor group, English, Drama, PHSE, Psychology, Sociology
2 Being in punishment* English, ICT, Drama
3a Living in an institution: how it felt* Drama, Art, Media
3b Living in an institution: work machines* Drama
3c Living in an institution: a day in the life* Drama
4 Leaving an institution* English, History, PHSE
5 Eden’s story* PHSE, English, Tutor Group
6 Entering an institution* Drama, English
7 Songs of resistance* Music
8 Changing labels* PHSE – anti-bullying work
9 Do’s and don’ts of life story interviewing* History/Geography, Local Studies, Media, English
10 Fighting for rights* Tutor time, PHSE, English, Media, RE
11 What happened when: learning disability timeline 1* History, PHSE
12 Eugenics and false science Science/False Science, PHSE, Psychology, Sociology, Politics
13 Geography of mental deficiency institutions in Great Britain ICT, Geography, History, Citizenship
14 How people have been treated: learning disability timeline 2 History, Citizenship, Tutor time
15 Learning from research: learning disability timeline 3 History, Citizenship, Factual English, ICT
16 Challenging disablist language, bullying and harassment Citizenship, RE, Tutor time, English, History, whole-school anti-bullying
17 Graphing the impact of the Mental Deficiency Act Mathematics KS3-5, ICT KS3-5 graphic representation, KS5 Statistics and Psychology
18 Barriers then and now* Tutor time, PHSE