As the UK Disability History Month (DHM) comes to an end, universities across Kent and Medway have been commemorating the historical struggle of disabled people for equality.
DHM started in 2010 and takes place annually from 16 November – 16 December with different themes; this year, the theme was ‘Disability, Children, and Youth’. Each university organised various events for staff, students, and the public.
The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Canterbury campus held an exhibition that showcased the work of Sue Austin, a British disabled artist, as part of their featured artist series. The Epsom campus’ display highlighted fashion designer Victoria Jenkins and others who advocate for disability rights in the creative field.
The University of Greenwich launched its Histories of Disabilities Exhibition which ran in its Drill Hall Library from 16th November until 16th December. There was also a range of other events and activities. Check out the website to see the full list of activities that took place during Disability History Month 2023 at the University of Greenwich.
The University of Kent hosted several activities for DHM, including interactive events, talks, relaxed screenings at The Gulbenkian, and exhibitions. They also had eight staff and student videos that shared their lived experiences of disability and ways to improve inclusion. See more about Disability History Month at the University of Kent.
Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and the Disabled Students’ Society ran a campaign to normalize disability and hosted various social events for students. The CCCU Student Union President, Alice Lundy, also held a focus group to learn about students’ experiences with Learning Support Plans.
For more information about UK Disability History Month, see https://ukdhm.org/