Now in its 12th Year, UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) began on the 18th of November and will continue until the 18th of December. This annual event is designed to be a platform that celebrates the lives of people with disabilities. Encouraging people to focus on the history of the struggle for equality that has been faced by disabled people in the past and that continues to this day.
UKDHM seeks to look back at the history of how disabled people have been mistreated, focusing on 'systematic oppression caused by negative attitudes, ignorance and barriers'. The organisers of the event believe that re-examining and reinterpreting this mistreatment helps people to 'recognise what must actively change for disabled people to achieve equality.
Each year, UKDHM is based on particular themes. Themes in past years have included 'Disability and Language', 'The Portrayal of Disability,' 'The Social Consequences of Disablement', 'Hate Crime' and 'Campaigning for Equality'. For UKDHM 2021, two themes have been chosen: 'Disability and Hidden Impairments' and 'Disability, Sex and Relationships'.
Disability and Hidden Impairments
Over 50% of the 13.5 million people in the UK who identify as disabled have hidden impairments. Due to negativity, many people with hidden disabilities choose not to be identify as disabled, even though this results in them experiencing difficulties. Common hidden impairments include:
- Psychosocial impairments like autism and ADD/ADHD
- Neurological or cognitive impairments like dyspraxia, dyslexia, muscular dystrophy, brain injury, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis
- Mental health impairments like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD and bipolar disorder
- Metabolic impairments like cancer, chronic fatigue, arthritis, heart conditions, diabetes and HIV
- Sensory impairments like deafness, blindness and other conditions that affect communication and speech
Disability, Sex and Relationships
Historically, disabled people have often been desexualised, seen as 'perpetual children' who were incapable of healthy adult relationships. Today, all children with disabilities are entitled to standard Sex and Relationship education and this is happily resulting in more confident generations of young disabled people.
We hope you'll be able to take part in the UKDHM 2021 event and show your support. Find out more about the event on the UKDHM website, where you'll also be able to find lots of resources and other information.
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