Disability History Month 2023
UK Disability History month runs from 16 November to 16 December to recognise the history of disabled people’s struggle for equality and human rights with the theme ‘Disability, Children and Youth’. This year, the University has put on an exciting schedule of events that will be taking place across the University during the month so that everyone can get involved.
Events for students
|Events||Event information||Date, time and location|
|Lived Experiences, Comedy night||
With special guests, Martyn Eek Cooper (clown doctor, stand-up comedian) and Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy)
|Thursday 16 November, 17:30-19:30, G01 Lecture Theatre Building L22, London Road Campus or join online.|
|Quiz and Karaoke||Quiz and Karaoke is a regularly scheduled event on the Reading SU calendar. To kick off Disability History Month we will be taking
over a round of the quiz to ask some questions about disability.
|Thursday 16 November, 19:00-23:00, Mojo's, Reading Students' Union. No need to book, just turn up.|
|World of music||Join us for some live music at the London Road cloisters: Samba by various artists including the disabled singer, songwriter Antônio Candeia Filho (Candeia).||
Monday 20 November, 12:30-13:00, Cloisters, Outside Building L29,London Road Campus. No need to book, just turn up
|Accessible sports week||Throughout this week Reading SU will be running a variety of accessible sports sessions on Whiteknights campus. This will include: boccia, rounders, dance, rugby, and more. Keep an eye on the Reading SU Instagram for more information on session details as they are confirmed.||Monday 20 November - Friday 24 November.|
|Just dance now!||This event is part of the play-based education work promoted by the Digital Schoolhouse in collaboration with Nintendo UK.
Download the free and popular 'Just Dance Now' app on your mobile device or tablet and join us for a dance-along event! Welcome to say for 5 minutes
or the whole hour and if you don't feel like dancing there will be informal chats about accessibility, inclusion and video games.
|Monday 27 November, 12:30-13:30, G01, Building L29, London Road campus|
|Disability, Children and Youth: Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Opportunities||This panel discussion will be hosted by Professor Elizabeth McCrum, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience and UEB Diversity Champion for Disability at the University of Reading.||Wednesday 29 November, 18:00-19:00, Room G06, Chancellor’s Building, Whiteknights campus or join online|
|(Dis)ability from Achilles to Zeus: Body Positive at the Ure Museum||The Ure Museum have been looking at positive histories of disability in the ancient world. An interactive pop-up display will demonstrate some of the findings of this community fund-supported project, and will showcase the progress that has been made in developing the resource outcomes from community partners work to make this wonderfully visual and tactile collection accessible to all.||Thursday 30 November, 16:30-18:00, Ure Museum, Edith Morley Building, Whiteknights campus. No need to book, just turn up.|
|#PositivelyPurple Global Movement||Whiteknights House on Whiteknights campus will be illuminated in purple to support the #Positively Purple global movement which falls each year on International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Sunday 3 December.||Friday 1 December, all day, Whiteknights campus|
Other ways of getting involved
Apply for work with confidence- talking to employers about your disability or long-term health condition webinar.
Discussing a disability or long-term health condition with an employer during the recruitment process or in work, can feel daunting. This webinar will help you to understand the adjustments available to you, how to ask for them, and your rights, as well as providing you with a forum to ask any questions you may have in confidence.
What's in it for me?
Feel more comfortable and confident when talking to employers about your needs
Who is it for?
Suitable for all students, whether you have a diagnosis of a disability/health condition or not. Sign up on MJO.
Disability Advisory Service
The Disability Advisory Service provides information, advice and guidance to current students and applicants who register with the service due to a disability, specific learning difference, long term medical or mental health condition - find out more by visiting Disability on Essentials.