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 Ellen Blunsdon. You can find our programme of events below, and we'll be updating it over the course of the month so keep checking back for more exciting announcements.
If you have any questions about Disability History Month or the Students' Association's Disabled Students' Campaign, or if you are running an event which you would like added to our programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, November 4th, 18:00-19:00; Committee Room, Teviot Row House
To kick off Disability History Month 2019 in style, join the Disabled Students' Campaign to meet new pals, see familiar faces & connect with disabled students like you! This is a great opportunity for disabled students to find out more about the work of the Liberation Campaigns, get involved with projects & campaigns, & celebrate the start of Disability History Month.
Exploring Disabled Voices in the Media
Wednesday, November 6th, 18:30-20:00; Balcony Room, Teviot Row House
How is disability discussed in the media? Are disabled voices represented? The Student Newspaper invites three disabled people who work in the media industry to speak about the challenges they face within the industry and how progress can be made.
Friday, November 8th, 18:00-20:00; Study, Teviot Row House
Join the Sign Language Society and the Disabled Students' Campaign for a relaxed introduction to British Sign Language and Deaf culture! This events is open to all students and everyone is welcome, even if you're totally new to BSL and have never attended a SignSoc event before. We'll also be raising money for Deaf Action, an Edinburgh-based charity who deliver a wide range of services to the local deaf community, as well as offering BSL Awareness courses to public bodies.
Desiring Disability: An Open Discourse on Sex and Desirability
Monday, November 11th, 19:00-20:00; G.06, 50 George Square
Join Sexpression this Disability History Month for a brief presentation from Disability Liberation Officer Ellen Blunsdon on sex and disability, followed by a panel discussion with students and non-students alike on their experiences.
Tuesday, November 14th, 19:00-21:00; Room Two, the Chaplaincy Centre, Bristo Square
Join Girl Up Edinburgh and the Disabled Students' Campaign for a workshop exploring disability, gender-based violence, and how sexism and ableism intersect, resulting in the disproportionately high rates of gender based violence experienced by disabled women today. The workshop will focus on interactive discussion and all students are welcome - no prior knowledge is needed, just a willingness to learn!
Wednesday, November 13th, 18:00-20:00; Dining Room, Teviot Row House
Join the Social Policy Society for their Disability History Month event exploring the experiences of disabled students and staff in Higher Education. They be focusing in on the impact that national and institutional policies have on individuals' academic and social experience of University, and exploring what more could be done from a policy perspective to improve Higher Education across the UK.
Thursday, November 21st, 16:00-18:00; The Glassroom, on Edinburgh Napier University's Merchiston Campus
ENSA (Edinburgh Napier Students' Association) in collaboration with the Disabled Students' Campaign at the University of Edinburgh presents an event for students who wish to know what they are entitled to as students with disabilities or additional support needs. This event will showcase organisations and people that can help students across the city of Edinburgh with regards to getting into programmes or work, accommodation, travel, help within university and other issues that disabled people may face.
Sunday, November 24th, 15:00-17:00; Middle Reading Room, Teviot Row House
We'll be wrapping up Disability History Month will our monthly social for disabled students! All disabled students are welcome to attend - you can join us for the full two hours or just pop by for a quick chat over a cup of tea. Members of the Disabled Students' Campaign committee will be there to ensure everyone feels welcome and answer any questions you might have.
Fighting Ableism in LGBTQ Space: Pricesoc and Accessibility
Monday, November 25th, 18:00-19:30; G.06, 50 George Square
Join the Disability Liberation Campaign and PrideSoc to discuss accessibility in Queer and activist spaces. Come to learn more about the ways ableism shows itself in activist spaces, and the things we can do as a community to make things more accessible for our disabled community members and allies.
The Broadcast Live: Disability History Month x Sustainable Development
Tuesday, November 26th, 19:00-21:00; G.06, LG.09, David Hume Tower)
The Broadcast and the Sustainable Development Association are delighted to co-host an event together for Disability History Month. We will be discussing the inclusiveness of environmental activism for the disabled community, to shed more light on to how sustainability and disability can coexist within the current conversation of environment justice. We will host panelists from different fields of expertise and the discussion will be followed by workshops and a little networking space. There will also be food provided!