Disability History Month


Disability History Month is an opportunity to celebrate and commemorate the individuals and events which have shaped disabled communities, as well as our collective history.


It also provides space for disabled students to explore and articulate their own experiences, and a focus for the whole University community to discuss and address the on-going challenges facing disabled communities in Britain and around the world.


The Students' Association's Disability History Month celebrations take place during November and are led by our Disabled Students' Officer, who this year is Eileen Xu. See below for the full programme.


If you have any questions about Disability History Month or the Students' Association's Disabled Students' Campaign, please email disabledstudents@eusa.ed.ac.uk.




Disability History Month Panel

Monday, November 5th; 18:30-19:30; G.03, 50 George Square


Join the University of Edinburgh Social Policy Society for a panel discussion exploring disabled students' experiences of education. The panellists will reflect on their own experiences of academic life as well as extracurricular activities, and share their thoughts on what institutions could do to be more inclusive of disabled students.



Disability History Month Zine Making

Wednesday, November 7th; 15:00-17:00; 3.11 (David Hume Room), Dugald Stewart Building


Join disabled students from across the University for a zine making workshop to celebrate Disability History Month. The Disabled Students' Campaign are hoping the zine will focus on self-care and disabled people's experiences, though you are of course free to create whatever inspires you. We will have plenty of inspiration on hand, as well as lots of crafty materials - but feel free to bring your own too!



Intro to British Sign Language

Friday, November 9th; 19:00-21:00; LG.11, David Hume Tower


Join the University of Edinburgh's Sign language Society for a relaxed and fun introduction to British Sign Language! They'll be giving an introduction to signing as well as d/Deaf culture, and then working as a group to learn the signs for a popular song. Non-members and first-time signers welcome!



From November 12th to 16th, the Students' Association will be leading Mental Health and Wellbeing Week, with a programme of over 50 events and activities, from a lecture by mental health advocate Hope Virgo to a workshop on supporting peers who are self-harming. Find out more here.



Sex and Disability, with Sexpression

Monday, November 19th; 19:00-20:00, G.06, 50 George Square


To mark Disability History Month, join Sexpression Edinburgh for an open discussion about the intersections of sex and disability, including topics like social norms, media influence, and pleasure!



Disability History Month Writing Workshop with Ellen Renton

Thursday, November 22nd; 17:00-19:00; 2.11, Appleton Tower


Join the Disabled Students' Campaign and poet Ellen Renton for a creative writing workshop focused on experiences of disability. Ellen will share her own experiences of writing and poetry, before leading a series of activities to provide inspiration and get you writing!



DisabiliTEA #3: Disability History Month Special!

Sunday, November 25th; 15:00-17:00; Middle Reading Room, Teviot Row House


Join Disabled Students' Officer Eileen, and disabled students from across the University for a relaxed social celebrating Disability History Month! We'll have hot drinks, biscuits, and lots of friendly faces, so whether you've been to DisabiliTEA before or this is your first time, come on down.