Disability History Month

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2018 National Disabled Members' Conference
13 June 2018

This conference believes that our National Disabled Members’ Committee and UNISON should celebrate Disability History Month on an annual basis.

Disability history month was set up in 2010 to provide a platform to focus on the work that has been done to fight for equality for disabled people. Each year the month has a theme – for example, the 2017 disability history month ran from 22 November to 22 December and was themed around ‘Disability and Art’.

Our local committees, branches and self-organised groups can organise activities for their members and non-members during the month to mark and celebrate achievement, to learn and to understand more about the issues facing disabled people.

These events can help educate and raise awareness about disability but can also be useful to highlight the work of Trade Unions to encourage membership, participation and activism.

This motion seeks to raise awareness of this annual event and encourage branches and committees to plan and promote events.

This motion calls on the National Disabled Members’ Conference to:

1. Send annual reminders to regional Disabled Members Committees and branches to encourage them to set a budget, organise, promote and share information about events. This information should be available in all accessible formats, where necessary, including BSL (British Sign Language).

2. Encourage promotion of Disability History Month by highlighting events that have been held and sharing information about these at National Disabled Members’ Conference

3. Give consideration to this motion being taken to the National Delegate Conference 2019 to seek the wider union support for Disability History Month.