Disability History Month 2023
Disability History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the lives and achievements of disabled people.
Disability History month 2023 runs from Thursday 16 November until Saturday 16 December and the theme is Disability, Children and Youth.
The Disability Inclusion Framework outlines our approach to disability equality, which includes the physical estate, e-accessibility and culture and good practice. There are also a list of achievements made since the framework was created.
Exploring Disability History in the Library and Archives
- Thursday 30 November 2023, 10am to 3pm
- Yorkshire Room, Ground Floor, Raymond Burton Library
Join staff from Archives and Research Collections in this drop-in session for Disability History Month and Explore Your Archives Week 2023. We'll have an exhibition of treasures from our collections which you can use to research the history of disability, and you can find out more about our new Disability History Research Guide, which is available now on the Borthwick Institute website. The event is free and open to all, so just drop in!
- Wednesday 6 December 2023, 6pm to 7pm
- Anna Bramwell-Dicks, School of Arts and Creative Studies
Supporting students with disabilities at medical school and as they enter the workforce
- Wednesday 13 December, 3pm to 4pm
- Online via Microsoft teams (Meeting ID: 367 334 468 582, Passcode: Mp5CYj)
Supporting students with disabilities in higher education and transitioning into work in the NHS - overcoming practicalities, where the system doesn't work, and any suggestions about what we need to change or do better.
Speaking at this event:
- Dr Emily Burns – with a focus on physical disabilities
- Dr Shane Clark – explaining how the Foundation Programme supports disabled students
- Dr Soraya Mayet – to talk about psychiatry training
- Dr Sam Stokes – giving a student perspective
York Disability Week
- Saturday 25 November to Sunday 3 December 2023
There is a programme of events planned during this week, including art exhibitions, workshops and forums. Find out more on the York Disability Week website. #YorkDisabilityWeek23 #YDW2023
Disability related research at York
“My ears don't work, but the little grey cells are firing well on all pistons” the journey of a deaf immunologist. Allison is a Professor of Immunology in Hull York Medical School. Allison has been profoundly deaf since childhood, and was recently profiled by the British Society of Immunology. Read Allison's journey that highlights the challenges that deaf scientists face.
Reading List: This has been created for Disability History Month by the University Library.
Blog post, Working in HE and autism: Richard, a member of staff at the University of York and has written a blog about his experiences of working in HE before and after a diagnosis of autism.
- Accessible active travel for all - Isabelle Clement
- Life Unseen: Why the history of Blindness Matters, Selina Mills, Writer and Broadcaster
- They hear, but don't listen": Experience of disability in higher education - Dr Nicole Brown
- Disability and Technology: past, present and possibilities - by members of the University’s Teaching and Learning Team
- Journey to being active: In conversation with Mo Onyett, Frame Runner and Paralympic Boccia Player and Frame Runner Beth Moulam
- Access for Whom - Dr Ossie Stuart
- Don’t stop negotiating autism and academia - Jason Arday
- Dyslexia superpower: Moving from disability through learning difference to advantage - Nigel Lockett
- Countdown to Success: Marathon runner Charlotte Ellis in conversation
Support for students
Free tools and apps for studying
In addition to our support services, there are a range of options and free tools to help make studying more accessible for everyone. Find out more with our Accessibility Skills Guide and the Learning Technology Practical Guide or come to the next Introduction to digital accessibility tools and features (staff and students only) session for a guided tour through the tools available to you.