16 November 2021

Disability History Month

Disability History Month (DHM) starts on 18 November and continues until 18 December. The theme is Disability and Hidden Impairments.

Many disabled people have an invisible/hidden impairment. They can include those with psychosocial impairments and neurodiverse conditions such as autism or dyspraxia, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or brain injury; mental health impairments such as anxiety, depression, bipolar or schizophrenia; HIV, cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes, chronic fatigue, heart conditions, arthritis; hormonal conditions or sensory issues such as hearing or sight loss. More than half the 13.5 million people currently identified as disabled in the UK have hidden impairments.

The national disabled members’ forum has put together a DHM poster, 10 facts poster and photo op card for members to use to promote this important monthThe DHM 10 facts poster reflects on 100 years in disability history and delves into some of the key developments, legislation, and people from the 1920s until the 2010s, one for each decade, who have made a positive impact on disabled people’s lives.

Some of the key facts include the creation of the Blind Person Act in the 1920s, the Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948 which started the Paralympic movement, the introduction of the Social Model of Disability in 1970s, and the forming of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, later replaced by the Equality Act 2010.

How you can get involved

  • Organise a virtual event or activity and inform the Equality department so we can help you to promote it
  • Use the DHM posters and photo opportunity card to promote Disability History Month on social media using the hashtag #DHM2021
  • Create a short 30 second video telling us what disability history month means to you and share it on social media
  • Write an article or blog for our website and send it to equality@pcs.org.uk
  • Join your regional disabled members’ network
  • Take a look at the UK Disability History Month website.

Please contact the Equality department by emailing: equality@pcs.org.uk to help us promote your disability history month event, share your video or social media pictures. We can also put you in touch with your regional disabled members’ network.