I am incredibly excited to welcome you to Disability History Month 2021 – my second in office! DHM runs from 18th November to 18th December across the country, and explores different themes, which this year are invisible disabilities and sex.
In light of the events of the last 20 months and the effects these have had on disabled students particularly, I wanted to use our DHM events to empower our disabled student community and create meaningful change.
I’ve spent the last year working on a Disabled Students Commission with the Guild and I’m very happy to announce its launch in conjunction with the other events we have planned. The commission is a response to data from the National Student Survey in 2020, which put a spotlight on the poor experiences of disabled students at the University of Birmingham. We know the pandemic had a huge impact on delivery of education and student experiences, but the negative effects for disabled students were disproportionate.
The events running this month will be a chance to share your views and discuss the important topics raised by the commission. We want to provide a platform for activism and change, alongside safe spaces to explore challenges faced by individuals. We will be covering most aspects of student life, including wellbeing, adjustments and feedback, so I encourage you to get involved!
Learning, Assessment and Adjustments: 23rd November, Zoom, 5 - 6:30pm
Welfare and Disability: What do we need?: 24th November, Amos Room, 4 - 5:30pm
Accessibility, Student Groups, and Sports: 30th November, Zoom, 4 - 5:30pm
Raising Our Voices: 7th December, Amos Room, 4:30 - 6pm
As always, my inbox is open for any questions and concerns!