Disability History Month

From 18 November to 18 December, the University of Hertfordshire is proud to mark Disability History Month. This is a chance to look back at history and consider how the disabled community’s rights have improved, how opinions have changed, and the work which has been done to focus on people’s abilities not their dis-abilities.

At Herts, it provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those within our community who consider themselves disabled, or those who are caring for those with disabilities. It provides an opportunity to ask questions and challenge ourselves for a brighter, more inclusive and equal future.

During Disability History Month 2021, we will explore the theme of 'Disability and Hidden impairment'. Some examples of hidden disabilities include ADHD, autism, neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis, metabolic conditions like diabetes, mental health issues and hearing impairment.

All staff and students are invited to a range of events which aim to educate our community about disabilities, including hidden disabilities, to celebrate the achievements of those within our community who have a disability, and to explore the ways that they are succeeding in not being defined by it and achieving their goals.

We will also discuss the types of discrimination those with disabilities and hidden disabilities experience, as they are not always seen as disabled and are often treated differently or unfairly. Our aim is to provide forums for discussion, resources and activities that are thought provoking and empowering.

Keep an eye on our social platforms for #DisabilityHistoryMonth #UKDHM, and regular communications about our events programme.