Be completely honest how much do you really know about disability history? Did you even know there was a month dedicated to celebrating? I’m sure most people would say no, even my own hubby said no when I asked, it wouldn’t surprise me if ‘no’ was your answer, it could very easily just pass you by without you even noticing.
Why? Have you seen anything being broadcasted on your local or national news outlets (TV or Radio) plus you won’t find anything within the school curriculum.
The Disability Discrimination Act is now 25 years old and questions remain as to why, in today’s society, there is still such extensive disability discrimination.
UK Disability History Month runs from the 18th November to 18th December 2020 (with an online launch).
This year marks the celebration of it’s 11th year, focusing on ‘Access’ and asking the questions ‘How far have we come? How far have we to go?’
As a disabled person who has been advocating for big changes within a world that still doesn’t see us, access is still a huge part of what needs to change. Our surroundings can have a big impact on our health from our homes to the area we live, if none of these are accessible it can make you feel isolated and unincluded.
Being disabled we often face barriers using local spaces because many buildings and events are still inaccessible. That’s why we should use Disability History Month to raise greater awareness and understanding of disability rights in our local communities.
It is so important to celebrate the lives of disabled people past and present. Which asks the the question why isn’t Disability Month celebrated more?
Did you know that King George VI had a very serious stammer and Prince Philip’s mother was born deaf and also had severe mental health issues? After the possible discovery of the skeleton of King Richard III and the revelation that he had scoliosis (curvature of the spine). In Shakespeare’s play, Richard III, his disability is mentioned often throughout the script, and yet it’s not taught within the school curriculum in a history lesson.
If people looked a little closer they will discover we all have ability, by listening to us when we “Stand up, and speak out” – we are changing History. We have a lot to say our voices are powerful together, we can’t turn back the clock to fight the discrimination and injustice of years gone by, but we do have the present and the future to re-write history together as one voice.
Lastly during this Disability History Month take the time to learn just one thing that’s pathed the course of history for disabled people,
If you know of an important figure past or present who was/is disabled, please leave me a comment below.
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