UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) is an annual event creating a platform to focus on the history of our struggle for equality and human rights.
2016 is its seventh year.
Keep up to date with news and events at www.ukdhm.org
The theme for UKDHM in 2016 focuses on the language used to describe disabled people and the language disabled people use to express themselves. This includes literature, history, oral history and coverage in the newspapers and other print media. Through the lens of language we will seek to gain a greater understanding of our oppression in the past and now. Through human rights and the social model approach to disability, barriers can be removed.
‘Living with a long-term impairment- sensory, physical, cognitive,
psychosocial or a combination, places one in a minority compared to non-disabled people. As the comedian, writer and activist Francesca Martinez put it in her book ‘What the **** is Normal?!
“What do you do when you’re labelled abnormal in a world obsessed with normality? In a world where wrinkles are practically illegal, going bald is cause for mental breakdown, and women over size ten are encouraged to shoot themselves, what the **** do you do if you’re, gasp… disabled?…Choosing to accept yourself is a political act. An act of liberation.”’