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UK Disability History Month

16th November - 16th December 2023

UK Disability History month is an annual event, celebrating and creating discussions around the history of disability rights and experiences in the UK and around the world. This Autumn 2023 UKDHM focusses on the Experience of Disablement amongst children and young people in the past, now and what is needed for the future.

This Year's Selection

This year's selection consists of both books and ebooks by disabled authors and/or about disability. They will be on display on Level 1 of the main library.  All books are available to borrow.

Book Selections 2023

Susan Baglieri l Disability Studies and the Inclusive Classroom

Disability Studies and the Inclusive Classroom integrates knowledge and practice from the fields of disability studies and special education to provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of inclusive education. Now in its third edition, this critical volume has been revised and updated to include expanded discussion of disability models and contemporary perspectives on disability. Each chapter features a dilemma to capture the complexities of the field of educational practice to inspire critical thinking and contemplation of inclusive education.

Toby Mildon l Inclusive Growth: future-proof your business by creating a diverse workplace

Toby Mildon is a Diversity and Inclusion Architect and founder of Mildon, a consultancy and advisory business. Toby works with businesses to re-engineer processes and systems to minimise the impact of bias and build a culture of inclusion. Prior to setting up his business, Toby worked as an in-house diversity and inclusion manager at the BBC and Deloitte.

Julie Umerle | Art, Life and Everything: A Memoir 

Art, Life and Everything shows the importance and joy of painting and making art. It provides insight into how an artist functions in their studio and in the outside world. Julie presents an investigative and relevant example of how an artist has to struggle and continue to work on a professional level, for that is what they do throughout their careers.

Petra Kuppers (editor) l Disability Arts and Culture: Methods and Approaches 

What does it mean to approach disability-focused cultural production and consumption as generative sites of meaning-making? Disability Arts and Culture: Methods and Approaches seeks the answer to this question and more in an exploration of disability studies within the arts and beyond.

Sally Williams and Polly Braden l A Place For Me

According to Mencap, 1.5m people in the UK have a learning disability. The National Autistic Society estimates that one in ten people are on the autistic spectrum and a Royal College of Psychiatrists report says that one in a hundred will suffer from an episode of schizophrenia at 'some point during their life'. The pain and confusion that all this can cause is felt by millions of people and their families. 'A Place For Me' tells the stories of 50 people living in homes in the community. It is inspiring, moving, heartbreaking and motivating to read about real people's lives - people who have finally found a home for life.

Megan Farnsworth l Determining Difference from Disability

This essential book offers clear guidelines for determining if the Culturally Linguistically Diverse (CLD) students / English Language Learners (ELL) in your general education classroom are experiencing typical language differences, learning disabilities, or both. By combining helpful case-studies with insightful research, the authors provide a framework for differentiating instruction that uses culturally appropriate interventions to build upon student strengths while creating a foundation for further learning and achievement.

Richard Keagan-Bull l Don't Put Us Away: a memory of a man with learning disabilities

Richard tells the story of growing up in 1970s England and living through the decades where people with learning disabilities were increasingly given a voice. It is a story of finding your place in a world that is not always welcoming, but also of finding friends. Starting with his birth when his mother was told he would never do anything, and his early years, when he was rubbished by the headmaster who threw his schoolwork out of the window, he ends his book almost half a century later, when the boy who would never do anything landed a job at a university as a researcher.

Ffion Jones l A School for Everyone

This discussion tool designed to address pressing social issues for children helps teachers, parents and professionals caring for children to alleviate young people's worries and opens up conversations on tricky topics. Providing 16 stories told from different perspectives, the book covers social and emotional concerns around far-ranging issues, including refugees, disability, gender diversity and climate change. For each issue raised, the story is followed by a fact file, a set of interactive activities, lesson plans and a bank of resources to further enhance understanding and promote empathy.

Polly Braden I Great Interactions: life with learning disabilities and autism

There are around 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability and 500,000 with autism. Polly Braden has worked with national charity MacIntyre to show the ways in which it works with the children and adults that it supports. Her photographs look at the everyday moments, achievements and milestones. The subject is complex but the aim is simple: to highlight everyday interactions and life-changing experiences.