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Actions to mark Incapacity Historical past Month in Preston

The Incapacity Historical past Month flag flying at UCLan Pic: UCLan

UCLan has put collectively a spread of occasions geared toward elevating consciousness and fostering assist for these with seen and unseen disabilities throughout Preston.

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The occasions mark UK Incapacity Historical past Month, which started on Wednesday 16 November and runs till 16 December.

Incapacity Historical past Month promotes and celebrates historic contributions of individuals with a various vary of disabilities, by discussing the challenges and structural limitations they confronted. It creates a platform to deal with the historical past of individuals with disabilities, and their advocacy for equality and human rights.

A launch occasion held final week on College Sq. was open to workers, college students, and the group. Members of native incapacity charities additionally attended.

The Incapacity Historical past Month flag was raised, and there have been actions for folks to check out, together with tailored bikes offered by Go Velo, the Paralympic sport of Boccia, and parachute video games.

UCLan sport scholar and blind England soccer participant Rainbow Mbuangi additionally helped to educate folks throughout a blind soccer aim scoring session.

Student Rainbow Mbuangi coaching Dr Leona Trimble to play blind football Pic: UCLan
Scholar Rainbow Mbuangi teaching Dr Leona Trimble to play blind soccer Pic: UCLan

Additional actions are deliberate over the month following the theme of Incapacity, Well being and Wellbeing. Particularly, a spotlight for the month is round Neurodiversity; exploring and debunking the myths and stereotypes, in addition to seeing the world via neurodivergent eyes.

To assist with this, UCLan shall be launching its first Neurodivergent Employees Community, a growth which follows on from the Belonging at UCLan: Let’s Focus on Incapacity occasion held in July this yr.

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Different occasions of observe embody a DisabiliTea and Cake occasion on Tuesday 22 November, which is able to have fun UCLan’s disabled scholar and workers group. The gathering may even be a chance for disabled college students to attach with inclusive assist workers.

Professional-Vice Chancellor for Tutorial Management and Equality, Variety and Inclusion, Professor Ebrahim Adia, mentioned: “It is sensible that we’re bringing collectively the UCLan group, and wider Preston group too, to acknowledge and have fun these with seen and unseen disabilities – not simply all through historical past, however as we speak as effectively.

“We would like our College to actually characterize our society, and marking Incapacity Historical past Month on this manner, with a spread of initiatives to assist create understanding and assist, is an enormous step on our journey to create a wholesome, secure and constructive surroundings for workers and college students – one which embraces variety and fosters a tradition of studying and belonging to all.”

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Lots of the month’s occasions are being led by workers and college students, alongside organizations akin to Incapacity Equality North West, which goals to additional the rights of disabled folks within the area, and Galloway’s, a sight loss charity.

UCLan staff, students and members of the community gather for the launch of Disability History Month Pic: UCLan
UCLan workers, college students and members of the group collect for the launch of Incapacity Historical past Month Pic: UCLan

CEO of Incapacity Equality North West and Preston Metropolis Cllr Mel Shut mentioned: “UK Incapacity Historical past Month remains to be comparatively new, solely beginning in 2010, so it is actually necessary that enormous organizations assist and promote the month with a spread of actions and occasions to spotlight the day-to-day points disabled folks face, but additionally to have fun the lived expertise and achievements of disabled folks – we’ve got a historical past of oppression, institutionalisation, lack of selection and management and discrimination, and we should always remember that.

“As a group we actually admire the disabled campaigners who fought so laborious for the human rights we’ve got as we speak. This yr’s theme is ‘well being and wellbeing’ – we misplaced many good folks within the current pandemic and plenty of disabled folks struggled in so some ways – it is necessary to recollect and be taught from historical past together with more moderen historical past.”

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