Nov 22- Dec 22 - UK Disability History Month — Scope | Disability forum
New to the community? Remember to read our community guidelines and our community house rules.
Concerned about another member's safety or wellbeing? Find out how to let us know.

Nov 22- Dec 22 - UK Disability History Month

Chris_Alumni
Chris_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 689 Pioneering

Today marks the start of UK Disability History Month (UKDHM), which runs until 22nd December.  UKDHM is an annual event which has been running for seven years, which aims to provide, “a platform to focus on the history of [disabled people’s] struggle for equality and human rights”.

All this month, Scope will be publishing content on our main blog, beginning today with Layla Harding’s post about disabled US President Franklin Roosevelt, entitled ‘Could a disabled person be President or Prime Minister today? Each week we’ll be posting up a new blog written by a young disabled person, throwing the spotlight on a specific historical figure or disability issue. You can keep up with all this content on the UKDHM 2016 section of our website.

Here on the community we’ll also be having discussions, guest posts and polls relating to disability and history, and we hope you'll get involved.

Statue of President Roosevelt in his wheelchair

Disability and Language

This year’s theme is ‘disability and language’, so we’d love to hear your stories, opinions and ideas regarding this, or any other historical topic relating to disability.

Do you feel the language used to describe disabled people has changed over recent decades? How have attitudes changed? Do you think that disability is covered satisfactorily by mainstream history, and if not what impact might this have on attitudes today? Are there any particular disabled people in history that you look up to? Let us know in the comments below, or feel free to start a new discussion on the topic of your choice.

Brightness

Do you need advice on your energy costs?


Scope’s Disability Energy Support service is open to any disabled household in England or Wales in which one or more disabled people live. You can get free advice from an expert adviser on managing energy debt, switching tariffs, contacting your supplier and more. Find out more information by visiting our
Disability Energy Support webpage.

Fancy a chat in our virtual coffee lounge?

Put the kettle on and have a chat in our coffee lounge with other members. We talk about hobbies, games and anything else you can think of!

Cerebral Palsy (CP) Online Cafe

Here's a new opportunity for people with CP or a similar disability (aged 20+) to get together and chat. The sessions are in partnership with CP Sport so you can find out more and meet people from both organisations.

Are you struggling?

Read our 'Coping with stress, low mood and isolation' support thread for a run-down of ideas on how to banish those blues and feel happier.

What do you think about the community?

Complete our feedback form and tell us how we can make the community a better space for you.

Information about COVID-19

If you have questions about the virus, please read our information and support which includes guidance on benefits, getting food and essentials and Cerebral Palsy.

Back to school this September?

Read tips on how to settle back in and handle any worries you or your children might be having this new term.