Resources for Disability History Month

This information has been provided by Prospect who offer a wide range of advice and guidance on disability on there website, which can be found by following this link.

UK Disability History Month

UK Disability History Month is held 22 November – 22 December each year. This designated month provides a platform to focus on disabled peoples’ history in the struggle for equality and human rights. The month encompasses notable dates such as: HIV/AIDS Day (1 December), International Day of People with Disabilities (3 December) and International Human Rights Day (10 December).

This year the theme is Disability and Language.

The focus will be on the language used to describe disabled people and the language disabled people use to express themselves. This includes literature, history, oral history and coverage in the newspapers and other print media. Through the lens of language we will seek to gain a greater understanding of our oppression in the past and now. Through human rights and the social model approach to disability, barriers can be removed.”

Events and resources to support such activity are available on the UKDHM website, as is the broadsheet for this year which contains a number of examples and case studies.

There will be numerous events organised throughout the UK during the month and you can find further details on the UKDHM website. Many events have already been publicised – why not take a look?

Prospect reps and branches are encouraged to organise your own branch or workplace event on this year’s theme for UKDHM, or around the themes of the other notable dates during the month. Remember that themed events can be fun as well as raising awareness of the issues – and it can also be a useful recruitment opportunity.

If you are organising your own event during the month, please do let us know so that we can publicise it, but also remember to let UKDHM know so they can add it to their events page.

Prospect resources

Prospect has produced a number of resources to promote equality for disabled members, which may also be useful in organising your event:


Access All Areas – policy and checklist for Prospect events

Leaflet detailing the Trade Union Disability Alliance Charter for Disability and the actions Prospect is taking to take forward this initiative.

Leaflet promoting equality for disabled workers. For use at events, conferences, seminars, recruitment etc. Also advertises the networks.


Prospect poster advertising Disability History Month (22 November – 22 December)

Equality Briefings:

Neurodiversity and discrimination

Make sure your colleagues are Prospect members – they can join at

Prospect Department of Communications and Research

Disability Discrimination and Appraisal & Performance Systems

Pre-employment health questions


Further information of Disability History Month can be found by following the links below:

The UK Disability History Month website offers further detail on this event and how you can get involved.

There is also a Facebook page which can be accessed here.

Spectrum – the center for independent living also offer some advice on how to get involved on their website. 

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) are offering resources to help teachers to spread the word about this event. 

The University of East Anglia (uea) students union are hosting a range of events for their students to get involved with. 

Disability Rights UK are hosting an event in association with the British Film Institute to promote Disability History Month.