Disability History Month 2022
From Wednesday 16 November through Friday 16 December 2022 the University of Hertfordshire was proud to mark UK Disability History Month, an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges of those within our communities who have seen or unseen disabilities or are caring for those with disabilities. The theme was “Disability, Health and Wellbeing”.
We celebrated successfully achieving Disability Confident level 2 - Employer status in 2022. To achieve Level 2, we undertook a Self-Assessment against a set of criteria, highlighting what we are already doing to advance disability equality at Herts, and what additional steps we need to take to ensure that people with a disability have the opportunity, to fulfil their potential in the workplace. Our Level 2 status lasts until April 2025, and we are excited to take forward the actions and make a real difference over the next few years. Learn more about our Disability Confident Charter Mark on our EDI pages. Staff can find out more about the Disability Confident Scheme on Herts Hub.
We encourage all staff and students to get involved with Disability History Month. Ask questions, learn all that you can, and take meaningful action to become an ally and show your support, not only during this special month, but always.
We offered a full programme of events throughout the month.
Contact the EDI Office if you want to get involved in Disability History Month 2023.
- University of Hertfordshire Resources
- Can Bears Ski? by Raymond Antrobus
- The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus
- The Alex Manners Neurodiversity and Autism Speaker
- "That's Not Right!": My Life Living with Asperger's by Alex Manners
- Our inspiring graduates: meet Heather UH Blog
History of Disability
- A disability history timeline
- Disability horizons - The UK’s unwritten history of disability
- Was 1995 the year that changed everything for disabled people?
- When disabled people took to the streets to change the law
- Alexander Graham Bell's oralist mission still harms deaf and hard of hearing people, say critics
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Guidance
TV, Film and Video
- Don’t take my baby (TV) is a Bafta award-winning factual drama about a disabled couple's agonising struggle to keep their newborn baby, challenging prejudices about the disabled community.
- Special (TV) is a series about a young gay man with cerebral palsy who branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the life he wants.
- Rain man (Film) tells the story about how after a selfish L.A. yuppie learns his estranged father left a fortune to an autistic savant brother in Ohio that he didn't know existed, he absconds with his brother and sets out across the country, hoping to gain a larger inheritance.
- The fundamentals of caring (Film) is about a man suffering a family loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.
- The peanut butter falcon (Film) sees Zak run away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true.
- The theory of everything (Film) is a look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.
- Untouchable (Film) this French film depicts how, after he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.
- We're too good for this (Film) sees stereotypes overturned in this story of physical disability, where a group of friends on a council estate find a way to assert their independence using the gifts others see as flaws
- How to ADHD channel (YouTube)
- Scope says H.I.D.E. (YouTube)
- Four awkward things to avoid saying when you meet a disabled person - End the Awkward (YouTube)
- Five awkward things disabled people are tired of hearing about their sex lives - End the Awkward (YouTube)
- Five awkward things to avoid doing when you meet a disabled person - End the Awkward (YouTube)
- Disability Sport Info Podcast by Dr Christopher Brown, Senior Lecturer in Sports Development at the University of Hertfordshire (Podcast)
Internal Resources for Students and Staff
- Disability support and advice via Ask Herts
- Disability And Wellbeing Staff Network (DAWN) via Herts Hub (Internal)
- Careers Advice for students is also available on the careers and employment site (Internal):
Staff can also visit the EDI pages on Herts Hub for more information, including a disability toolkit, a guide to inclusive online meetings and a dyslexia awareness presentation.