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Disability History Month at Oxford Brookes - 18 November to 18 December 2021 Oxford Brookes is proud to be part of the annual celebration of Disability History Month, providing an opportunity to promote, celebrate and raise awareness of the contributions of disabled people in our communities and society and highlight support for students and staff.
Running from 18 November to 18 December, the Staff Disability Network will be marking Disability History Month with a range of activities and sessions. Nationally, this year’s Disability History Month centres on two themes: Disability and Hidden Impairment, and Disability Sex and Relationships.
Staff and students can also visit our Neurodiversity resources and Wellbeing at University reading lists created by the Library.
Thursday 25 November, 12.30pm - 1.30pm Mental wellbeing impacts on us all, but for those of us who are neurodivergent the barriers we encounter on a daily basis can become overwhelming. This talk is about raising awareness about these barriers and putting some strategies in place to manage them.
Dr Susy Ridout is a neurodivergent lecturer with over a decade of expertise in mentoring neurodivergent and disabled individuals, embracing an intersectional approach. Susy’s work can also be found in ‘Autism and Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education - A practical resource for students, mentors and study skills support workers’.
Watch the recording (Brookes students and staff) »
Monday 29 November, 12.00pm - 1.00pm A pilot workshop led by the Staff Disability Network, open to all staff who want to promote disability inclusion and be better allies.
Allyship with Disabled People aims to support and encourage colleagues in their confidence and proactivity as allies for accessibility and disability inclusion.
Thursday 3 December For International Day of People with Disabilities, Oxford Brookes will again be part of the global #PurpleLightUp campaign. On 3 December, Lloyd Building will be proudly lit in purple to show solidarity and recognition of the contributions and achievements of disabled people in the workplace and wider society.
Individuals and teams are invited to show support by wearing purple, and bringing all things purple to the fore. The Purple Space website has loads of ideas and resources for getting involved.
Wednesday 8 December, 6.00pm The Oxford Brookes Staff Disability Network invites everyone to join us online for our main event for Disability History Month 2021.
Drawing on lived experience, research and activism, Dr Nicole Brown, a Lecturer from University College London (UCL), will share insights on how ableism permeates higher education structures and practices. This interactive talk will provide practical ideas, learning from pandemic responses, and discussion for more inclusive futures.
Nicole is a Lecturer in Education at UCL Institute of Education and Director of Social Research and Practice and Education Ltd. Nicole gained her PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent for her research into the construction of academic identity under the influence of fibromyalgia.
Watch the recording »
During 2020 many people were working from home and all events were held online, so we encouraged staff and students to post and share via social media channels and their online prescence to show their solidarity and support for #PurpleLightUp.
The Brookes staff Bollywood group dances in purple for #PurpleLightUp Watch the video »
Brookes HR staff talk about #PurpleLightUp and disability inclusion Watch the video »
Lloyd Building lights up for #PurpleLightUp
Brookes staff Bollywood dancing group's lockdown performance for #PurpleLightUp
Brookes Sport Headington lights up for #PurpleLightUp
The Student Disability Advisory Team go purple for #PurpleLightUp
Brookes Sport shares social media content for Disability History month See the Twitter feed »
Purple backgrounds, jumpers, and more from the Learning Resources Marketing & Comms Group
An evening with comedian Francesca Martinez.Click through to book! Open to all.
OBU Documentary Club screening - UnrestUNREST, doctors tell Jennifer it's "all in her head. Open to all.
Dyslexic Academic: Towards a Neurodivergent AcademyInformal workshop with Dr Kate West organised by the Staff Disability Network and sponsored by UNISON and UCU. Lunch provided. Please email Fran Jenkins firstname.lastname@example.org
International Day of Persons with Disabilities - bring your best purple!Show your support by wearing purple, eating purple and popping over to the Enquiry Centre, JHB, for 12.30pm
Professor Anne-Marie Kilday talks about #PurpleLightUpProfessor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student and Staff Experience), talks about #PurpleLightUp, our approach to inclusive support for our students, our commitments as a Disability Confident Employer and our openness and accessibility to the community.
OBU Documentary Club screening - For Once In My LifeA true story about a band made up of singers and musicians with a wide range of mental and physical disabilities. Open to all.
International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesShow your support by wearing purple, eating purple and popping over to the Enquiry Centre, JHBB, 12-2 pm, where there will be demonstrations of assistive technology. Open to Brookes students and staff.
Silence and spiritual wellbeingAn introduction to meditative practices and how you might use them to self-soothe or stay well. Open to Brookes students and staff. 12pm, Garden Room, Wellbeing
Dorset House Christmas CraftBrookes Library Special Collections pop-up event exploring the history of Occupational Therapy. Open to Brookes students and staff. Headington Library entrance/Forum area on level 0 in JHBB
Leadership and (dis)ability - where are our disabled leaders?Where are our disabled leaders? A discussion on how to turn disability rights into reality – led by Dr Ossie Stuart and Dr Alex Donnelly. Open to all.