Disability History Month 2022

Wednesday 16 November (00:00) - Friday 16 December 2022 (23:59)
DHM 2022

16 November to 16 December is Disability History Month and the University will be exploring the theme of 'Disability, Health and Well Being' with a comprehensive programme of events. 

"The Covid Pandemic has demonstrated across the UK and around the world just how fragile are the Rights disabled people have secured for themselves and how easily we become expendable." - UKDHM

The programme provides an opportunity for everyone in our University community to come together to increase our understanding and to show our support for disability equality. Find out what challenges are being faced by the disabled community and how you can become an ally in securing improvements for the Rights, well being, and health of the disabled community. We’ll be drawing upon expertise and lived experience both locally and internationally to challenge perceptions, shape the debates, and explore what disability and inclusivity really mean in the twenty first century. 


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Disability History Month 2022 Event Listings
 Date/TimeEvent Description

Wednesday November 16 2022

12:00 (UK)

16:00 (Dubai)


Cadbury Research Library Disability History Month Flickr album

Cadbury Research Library launches its updated Disability History Month Flickr album featuring examples from archives and rare books of historical portrayals of disability from the 17th century onwards. 

Tuesday 22 November 2022

16:00-17:00 (UK)

Badminton Support Group Session

The Student Disability Service will be expanding their regular badminton session for students with a disclosed long-term disability / mental health problem.

Wednesday 23 November 2022

12:30-13:30 (UK)

16:30-17:30 (Dubai)

Deaf awareness and signing session

Human Resources, supported by Sense invite you to and this lunchtime session on deaf awareness followed by a signing session.

Wednesday 23 November 2022

13:00-15:00 (UK)

Wellbeing and Student Disability Service, Meet the teams The Student Disability Service and Wellbeing and Partnerships team will be on hand to talk through any queries you may have, provide information about what services they are able to offer to students and provide some activities to get you thinking about Disability, Health and Wellbeing. 

Wednesday 23 November 2022

13:00-14:00 (UK)

Making chemistry accessible for people with vision impairment

There are 28,900 children in the UK living with severe sight loss. Many of these children attend mainstream schools, where they often have difficulty accessing and learning scientific content. This is particularly apparent in practical activities, where pupils with vision impairment (VI) are often excluded from participating because the experiments rely entirely on visual observations.

Tuesday 29 November 2022

15:00-16:00 (UK)

19:00-20:00 (Dubai)

How far can you go? A conversation with Tom Byrne and Kyle Robidoux

Tom and Kyle are both ultra-distance runners based in Jordan and the US respectively. Tom has been running 30 marathons in 30 days to raise money and awareness for men’s mental health, while Kyle has a vision impairment and found his passion in running late in life.

Wednesday 30 November 2022

13:30-14:30 (UK)


Lessons Learned From Working in STEM with a Physical Disability - Dr Claire Malone


In this talk, Claire draws from personal experience of completing a PhD in High Energy Physics to illustrate some of the major challenge facing people with physical disabilities in academia.

Wednesday 30 November 2022

14:00-15:30 (UK)

18:00-19:30 (Dubai)

Neurodivergence in HE: a pedagogic toolkit (WIP)


Launch of a new work in progress toolkit that will focus on effective ways that you can support research colleagues who are neurodiverse at any stage of their career. 

Wednesday 30 November 2022

14:30-15:15 (UK)

18:30-19:15 (Dubai)

Introduction to Accessercise app Join the Enabling Staff Network and Student Services as they invite Ali Jawad, the brains behind the app to introduce you to Accessercise. Ali is a PhD student here at UoB and a Paralympic powerlifter. He will give you a bit background to the idea behind the app and a demonstration of how it works. Followed by a Q&A session.

Wednesday 30 November 2022

18:00-18:45 (UK)

22:00-22:45 (Dubai)

 Culture, religion and autism Culture and religion’s influence on parents’ experiences of autism is often underrepresented or unconsidered in existing literature. The findings from this study have implications for Black parents’ mental health and wellbeing, especially as seen through the lens of cultural/religious factors and contributes to debates about individual wellbeing within a broader social milieu.

Thursday 1 December 2022

15:00 - 16:00 (UK)

19:00 - 20:00


Energy Levels, Relationships and Autism - in conversation with Helen Coy

Join Participation Development Manager Helen Coy for a discussion on navigating energy levels, relationships and autism.

Monday 5 December 2022

12:00 - 16:00 (UK)

Student craft and gift drop in

Take some time out and make a gift for someone (or yourself!)

Tuesday 6 December 2022

12:30-13:30 (UK)

16:30-17:30 (Dubai)

Disability, Health and Wellbeing in education for a post-covid word: lessons from the field Explore some fascinating perspectives into disabled health and wellbeing in education from a fantastic line up of speakers. Including Education, health, and wellbeing during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic; Rethinking Inclusive (Digital) Education; and Disabled Forced Migrant Students and Inclusive Education in Post-Pandemic Italy.


Wednesday 7 December 2022

12:30-13:30 (UK)

16:30-17:30 (Dubai)

 Signing Shakespeare The presentation will explore the challenges encountered by deaf children so far in approaching the playwright’s works, the development of a new approach using ‘rehearsal room technique ‘and ‘embodied cognition’ and the final launch of materials based around signed resources.

Wednesday 7 December 2022

17:00-18:30 (Dubai)

Well-being through Movement in the Classroom and Beyond Dr. Sarah Benson and Dr. Collin Webster will discuss how to use movement in the classroom to create a more inclusive environment that can support many types of learners.

Thursday 8 December 2022

13:00-14:00 (UK)

Student & Staff Networks towards Accessible STEMM Education & Careers During this talk, we will reflect on barriers faced by disabled scientists, and consider pathways to disability inclusion in our places of work and learning. We will explore the role of student and staff networks and partnerships to drive change and share intersectional reflections and recommendations from STEMM disabled students and staff in UK Higher Education.

Friday 9 December 2022

16:30-18:30 (UK)

20:30-22:30 (Dubai)

The hidden voices of people who stutter: focusing on higher education

This event aims to raise awareness about a group of people who are rarely represented in disability events and research. Our panellists will explore the perspective of parents, teachers, students, and the wider research community.
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Student Ambassador, Olivia, welcomes you to Disability History Month 2022.

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