Disability History Month at Oxford Brookes University

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  • Disability History Month

    Disability History Month at Oxford Brookes - 16 November to 16 December 2022 
    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 16 November to 16 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 theme is Disability, Health and Wellbeing.

    Staff and students can also visit our Neurodiversity resources and Wellbeing at University reading lists created by the Library.


  • Other events


    DAWN and DMU Women: Autism in Women

    Tuesday 29 November, 12.00pm - 1.30pm

    Lots of people are quite unaware of how autism presents in women. There are lots of women out there struggling and they perhaps don’t know why. This webinar will address autism in women and late diagnosis.

    Black text on a patterned purple and yellow background. The text reads 'Disability History Month'


  • Past events

    • Neurodiversity and Mental Wellbeing

      Thursday 25 November

      Neurodiversity and Mental Wellbeing - a lunchtime session from Dr Susy Ridout
      Watch the recording (Brookes students and staff) »

    • Allyship with Disabled People - online workshop

      Monday 29 November

      Allyship with Disabled People workshop
      Watch the recording (Brookes students and staff) »

    • #PurpleLightUp

      Thursday 3 December

      #PurpleLightUp
      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.

    • Ableism and inclusive futures in higher education - an open lecture with Dr Nicole Brown

      Wednesday 8 December

      Ableism and inclusive futures in higher education - open lecture with Dr Nicole Brown
      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

      The Brookes staff Bollywood group dances in purple for #PurpleLightUp
      Watch the video »

    • HR PurpleLightUp video

      Brookes HR staff talk about #PurpleLightUp and disability inclusion
      Watch the video »

    • Lloyd Building lit up in purple

      Lloyd Building lights up for #PurpleLightUp

    • Brookes staff Bollywood dancing group's lockdown performance for #PurpleLightUp

      Brookes staff Bollywood dancing group's lockdown performance for #PurpleLightUp

    • Headington sports centre lit up in purple

      Brookes Sport Headington lights up for #PurpleLightUp

    • The Student Disability Advisory Team go purple for #PurpleLightUp

      The Student Disability Advisory Team go purple for #PurpleLightUp

    • Brookes Sport highlights Disability History Month

      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

      Purple backgrounds, jumpers, and more from the Learning Resources Marketing & Comms Group

    • The Beauty of Diversity

      11 December 2019

      An evening with comedian Francesca Martinez.
      Click through to book! Open to all.

    • Documentary screening - Unrest

      22 November 2019

      OBU Documentary Club screening - Unrest
      UNREST, doctors tell Jennifer it's "all in her head. Open to all.

    • Towards a Neurodivergent Academy

      2 December 2019, 12 noon - 2.00pm, Clerici G.28

      Dyslexic Academic: Towards a Neurodivergent Academy
      Informal workshop with Dr Kate West organised by the Staff Disability Network and sponsored by UNISON and UCU. Lunch provided. Please email Fran Jenkins fjenkins@brookes.ac.uk

    • Purple Light up

      3 December 2019

      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 #PurpleLightUp
      Professor 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.

    • Documentary screening - For Once In My Life

      22 November 2018

      OBU Documentary Club screening - For Once In My Life
      A 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 Disabilities

      3 December 2018

      International Day of Persons with Disabilities
      Show 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 wellbeing

      4 December 2018

      Silence and spiritual wellbeing
      An 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 Craft

      11 December 2018

      Dorset House Christmas Craft
      Brookes 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?

      12 December 2018

      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.