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Disability History Month 2019

UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) is an annual event creating a platform to focus on the history of our struggle for equality and human rights. Disability History Month has been celebrated in the UK since 2010. The theme for 2019 is Leadership, Resistance and Culture.

See the Diversity & Inclusion website for more information on disability support at King’s and accessible maps. KCLSU is also running a series of Disability History Month events.

Stay up to date with all disability-related news by getting in touch with our Disability Inclusion Staff Network, ACCESS King’s:

Disability + Intersectionality Reading Group: Disability + Theatre

17.30-19:00
Tuesday 19th November
Room 6.01, Virginia Woolf Building, Strand Campus

Disability+Intersectionality is a fortnightly reading group where we meet to discuss key texts in critical disability studies, situating them within the broader context of the humanities and social sciences. Each session will focus on a theme and explore how disability intersects with categories such as gender, race, sexuality, and class.

Everyone is welcome, there is no need to book. It would be great to see you even if you have not had a chance to complete the readings.

  • Thomas Fahy, ‘Peering Behind the Curtain: An Introduction’ In: Peering Behind the Curtain: Disability, Illness, and the Extraordinary Body in Contemporary Theatre (New York and London: Routledge, 2002)
  • Carrie Sandahl, ‘From the Streets to the Stage: Disability and the Performing Arts’, PMLA2 (2002)
  • Kirsty Johnston, ‘Grafting Orchids and Ugly: Theatre, Disability and Arts-Based Health Research’, Journal of Medical Humanities 4 (2010)

Disability and Gain: Challenging Perceptions’ With Federico Bonnadio (SPLAS) and Ellen Adams (Classics)

13:00-1400
20th November 2019
Room 2.05, Bush House SE Wing

Disability has long carried negative connotations, invoking at times pity or contempt.  This event will consider instead how exploring the lived experience of some impairments (deafness, blindness, stuttering) can have positive implications for academic research and teaching.  Federico Bonnadio and Ellen Adams will talk about their own research, followed by a discussion. The seminar is open to all staff and students.  Please join us. Lunch will be available. Feel free to turn up when you can.

The Future is Accessible

11:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 14:00
Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Denmark Hill Campus, Institute Canteen, IoPPN Main Building
Please contact Abbie Russell, IoPPN Disability Equality Champion for more information.

To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2019, the IoPPN Disability Inclusion working Group (INDIGO) invites staff and students to drop in and discover Disabled Britain on Film, with an opportunity to discuss the films, to ask questions and find out more about disability inclusion at King’s. Staff and students are also invited to make a pledge and help to drive change on disability inclusion, using the colour purple (wear purple clothes and accessories) to raise awareness.

 

#PurpleLightUp at King’s

3rd December 2019

PurpleLightUp is a global movement designed to draw attention to the economic empowerment of disabled people. Across business and government alike, it has become synonymous with International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) held annually on 3rd December.

To recognise the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and show solidarity to the campaign, the Science Gallery tower will go purple, and all staff and students are invited to ‘go purple’ on Tuesday 3rd December 2019.

If you would like to be involved, please could you wear, borrow or hold something purple on Tuesday 3 December and share your photos on social media and with the Access King’s team at access-kings@kcl.ac.uk. Please tag @AccessKings, @KCLdiversity, and #PurpleLightUp in any tweets so they can be shared! If you have any other ideas about how we could mark the day, it would be great to hear them!

 

Disability + Intersectionality Reading Group: Disability + Theatre

17.30-19:00
Tuesday 3rd December
Room 6.01, Virginia Woolf Building, Strand Campus

Disability+Intersectionality is a fortnightly reading group where we meet to discuss key texts in critical disability studies, situating them within the broader context of the humanities and social sciences. Each session will focus on a theme and explore how disability intersects with categories such as gender, race, sexuality, and class.

Everyone is welcome, there is no need to book. It would be great to see you even if you have not had a chance to complete the readings.

Disability + Mad Pride – 3rd December

Launch Event: ACCESS King’s on Leadership

12:00 – 13:30
Wednesday 4th December 2019
G79, Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus
Please click here to register

Join us for the official launch of the King’s staff disability network, Access King’s, on Wednesday 4 December at Waterloo Campus. What does it mean to be a leader? What does a leader look like? What does disability look like? How do we define inclusive leadership in higher education? To launch the network, we invite our panellists, the audience, and the wider King’s community to discuss disability and accessibility in the higher education context, in line with the UK Disability History Month theme of Leadership, Resistance and Culture.

 

The Strive to Survive: The Invisible Struggles 

16:00, Wednesday 4th December 2019
Activity Room A (KCLSU), 8th floor Bush House South East Wing, Strand Campus

In recognition of Disability awareness month, we would like to warmly invite you to our upcoming event ‘The Strive to Survive’.

We understand how tough it is for many first Generation/ WP students to have to go through unseen disabilities, mental health issues topped with further pressures of being the first in their family to go to uni or coming from a WP background. We understand the struggle! The event will be an opportunity to share your experiences and be engulfed in the warm embrace of those who have survived. This is also an opportunity to detox from work and relax in a warm and friendly environment with fellow students who understand your struggles.

 

Access King’s – The Future is Accessible

13:00 – 14:00
5th December 2019
New Hunts House G.8, Guy’s Campus

To celebrate UK Disability History Month, the IoPPN Disability Inclusion working Group (INDIGO) invites staff and students to drop in and discover Disabled Britain on Film, with an opportunity to discuss the films and to ask questions and find out more about disability inclusion at King’s. Please share this event widely!

Please contact Abbie Russell for more information.

 

Researchers in Disability: Their Inspiration, Work and Impact

18:00 – 20:30
Thursday 5th December 2019
Room TBD, Guy’s Campus, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 1UL

As part of Disability History Month, KCL Biochemistry Society are inviting two guest speakers to talk about the research they do in the field of disability. They will discuss the inspirations for their work as well as the impact.

Dr Wanda Diaz-Merced is an astronomer who lost her sight at the age of 20. But determined to continue her career in Physics, Dr Diaz-Merced became a pioneer in sonification – a technique for turning large data sets into audible sound. She will talk about her research in this area as well as her work in promoting inclusivity in Science.

Professor Annalisa Pastore is a researcher in Structural and Molecular Biology at King’s College London. Her work focuses on the proteins found in neurodegenerative diseases with the aim of designing suitable therapeutic strategies. She will give us an insight into the research she does and the potential implications of her work.

There will be free pizza at the end of the event!

 

Community Wednesdays in the Nightingale Nook: Disability support at King’s and in the Faculty

13.00-16.00
11th December 2019
Room 4.28, JCMB, Waterloo Campus

Not all disabilities are visible. If you feel like you’re struggling on your course, and are looking for support, come and have a chat with the people who can help at King’s. The Disability team, the Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care Faculty Disability Liaison Officer and two alumni who have disabilities will be there to share their experience.

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. What a fantastic range of events. Well done to everyone involved.
    Barry Hayward, Head of Disability Support

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