Today marks the beginning of Disability History Month, where the history of the challenges faced and experienced by disabled individuals and their struggle for equality in a world where difference is feared, is brought into focus. We would like to bring your attention to this important event because it is due to Disability History Month that we have decided to do this project to shed light on how disabled people, especially children, have been treated and perceived in the nineteenth century. It is surprising that we had never heard of this month before, which shows that we need to spread the word about the importance of disability history, as it is everybody’s history. It is also vital that we make people aware of the discrimination that disabled people have faced throughout history in order to make sure that this does not happen again in the twenty-first century, where humanity and acceptance are the key values of our society.
This is the logo for Disability History Month, courtesy of the BBC.
‘Our symbol is the black triangle that people, including many disabled men and women, had to wear under the Nazis to designate that they were unsociable. We’ve turned it around to reclaim it and surrounded it with a yellow circle and our slogans.’ – Richard Reiser, National Coordinator of UKDHM
(Taken from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-25188538)
This year, the theme for Disability History Month is ‘War and Impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement’ which discusses how war caused individuals to become disabled and how they were perceived in society. The theme is about making people aware of disabled individuals as a consequence of war to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, where many soldiers were physically or mentally affected by the horrifying events and loss of life which took place. It is also a very current issue, as the increase in medical knowledge in the twenty-first century means that more men and women of war survive and are able to lead better lives than ever before. Please spread the word about Disability History Month as it is important that we recognise and treat disabled individuals as equals in society who deserve to be treated with respect.
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For more information about DHM’s theme for this year, please follow the link below: