Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Posted on29 Nov 2021

With over half of JRHT residents telling us they live with a disability, we are passionate about the rights and wellbeing of disabled people in our communities and beyond.

That’s why UK Disability History Month (18 November to 18 December) is so important to us. The month champions the rights and wellbeing of disabled people, as well as celebrating their achievements. This is coupled with International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which takes place on 3 December. York Disability Week, from 27 November to 4 December, also forms part of the celebrations.

This year the focus is around non-visible disabilities and how we can make these – and the impact they have on people living with them - more visible. A host of in-person and online events and activities are taking place, giving us all the opportunity to learn more about UK disability history, how far we’ve progressed and how much more we still need to do.

York Disability Week’s annual programme of activities includes talks, workshops, musical events, creativity, advice sessions and exhibitions, with something to suit all age groups.

From 2 December until February 2022, York Explore Libraries and Archive, Library Square, York, is hosting Not Going Anywhere, an exhibition showcasing work by disabled artists from Yorkshire. The exhibition is free to attend and explores themes such as disabled people in lockdown and accessibility.

The University of York is also hosting a range of events to mark UK Disability History Month (18 November to 20 December).

Angela Dearing, Deputy Director, Housing at JRHT, said: “Over half of our residents have told us they are living with a disability and so this issue is hugely important to us. It’s vital that we understand the impact of living with a disability and recognise that not all disabilities are visible. At JRHT, we are working hard to make sure that our services are accessible and inclusive and we’re always keen to learn more about new and innovative ways to support and empower disabled people in our communities.”

Find out more about UK Disability Month and International Day of Persons with Disabilities. For details of events in York, visit York Disability Week. You can also read about UK disability rights history and legislation, with two special commemorative posters, produced by JRF and JRHT. Download them below and share with your communities.