Disability History Month 2020

18 November to 18 December is Disability History Month and the University will be exploring the theme of 'Accessibility: How far have we come? How far have we to go?' with a comprehensive programme of events.

The programme provides an opportunity to come together to increase our understanding and to show our support for disability equality. Find out what it means to live with an invisible disability, or how to navigate a career as a disabled person, or what accessibility may look like in a post-COVID-19 world. We’ll be drawing upon expertise and lived experience both locally and internationally to challenge perceptions, shape the debates, and explore what accessibility and inclusivity really mean in the twenty first century. 

The national theme for the UAE in 2020 is ‘Towards the next 50’. With this as the backdrop, the University of Birmingham, Dubai will be exploring the theme of ‘How far have we come…how far do we need to go?' As part of the University’s campaign for Disability History Month.

Disability History Month 2020 Event Listings - UAE Themed
 Date  Title and event booking  Description

Thursday 19 November
16:00 - 17:00

Inclusion: How far have we come? How far have we to go?

This session will be chaired by Professor Karen Guldberg (Head of DISN) and feature a keynote talk by Professor Julie Allan who will provide the history and current trajectory of inclusion. This will be followed by 4 specialist presentations looking at inclusion from different locales and abilities.

Attendees will then be able to ask all 5 speakers questions moderated by Professor Guldberg. 

Tuesday 24 November 
16:00 - 17:00
How far have we come…looking towards the next 50

This session brings together key voices from the regulator ADEK in the United Arab Emirates. 

We explore and shine the light on specifically how inclusion and accessibility have improved the lives for People of Determination. Where has the greatest impact been evidenced? What difference has this made to the lives of students?  In line with the current UAE focus, ‘Towards the next 50’, we discuss how Education Institutes can build on this progress over the coming years and the reality of how this vision can be achieved.

Introduced by Professor David Sadler, Provost University of Birmingham Dubai and facilitated by Dr Sarah Benson.

Thursday 26 November 
16:00 - 17:30
The human library: Stories from the UAE Desert 

We share and celebrate three stories from within the UAE community where improved accessibility has had a positive impact on the lives of children, their parents and the wider community. We collectively reflect on how these adaptations have been managed, and what needs to be further improved as the country continues to make innovative changes across many sectors.

Please join us for an inspiring and heartfelt session as we hear directly from the children and their families. Facilitated by Dr Sarah Benson and Sanam Yaqub.

Monday 30 November 
16:30 - 18:00
Celebrating Autistic Talent

This session brings adult autistic voices to the forefront, as a way of highlighting that autism doesn’t stop in childhood and will feature artists, business owners and students transitioning to adulthood from Al Karamah school in Abu Dhabi.

This will be a panel discussion with audience questions taken and moderated by Dr Sarah Benson and Professor Karen Guldberg



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