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.
Disability History Month
16 November to 16 December 2022
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.
Wednesday 7 December 2022, 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Could you see the funny side to going blind? 12 years after losing most of his sight, ‘deliciously talented’ (Guardian) Oxford Brookes alumnus Tom Skelton looks back and wonders what might've been. But would Tom from 2020 swap places with fantasy Tom with 20:20 vision? The show looks back at the last decade since Tom lost most of his sight in 2010 due to a genetic condition and explores his regrets, what ifs, and realities of life as a VIP (visually impaired person)!
This event is open to all and includes light refreshments afterwards.
Friday 2 December 2022
To kick start the celebration of Disability History Month, on Friday 2 December, we will be taking part in #PurpleLightUp led by Purple Space which marks International Day of People with Disabilities on 3 December.
We will be lighting up Lloyd Building and Headington Sports Centre in purple.
5 to 9 December 2022
Through the week beginning 5 December, you can access Staff Wellness Checks.
Book a slot at Headington gym for a 15-20 minute consultation with the fitness team, measuring weight and body composition using our InBody scanner. Blood pressure and resting heart rate will enable the team to provide feedback, and provide advice on training and exercise to improve health and wellness.
Please book with Nailson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday 13 December, 1.00-1.45pm and 1.45-2.30pm
There will be two yoga sessions on 13 December in the Dance Studio - 1.00pm to 1.45pm and 1.45pm -2.30pm (accessible class). Mats will be provided.
Please book with James Ridgley directly: email@example.com.
Disability History Month 2021
Neurodiversity and Mental Wellbeing - a lunchtime session from Dr Susy Ridout
Thursday 25 November
Allyship with Disabled People workshop
Monday 29 November
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.
Ableism and inclusive futures in higher education - open lecture with Dr Nicole Brown
Wednesday 8 December
Disability History Month 2020
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
Brookes HR staff talk about #PurpleLightUp and disability inclusion
Brookes Sport shares social media content for Disability History Month
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
Purple backgrounds, jumpers, and more from the Learning Resources Marketing & Comms Group
Disability History Month 2019
An evening with comedian Francesca Martinez.
11 December 2019
Open to all.
OBU Documentary Club screening - Unrest
22 November 2019
UNREST, doctors tell Jennifer it's "all in her head. Open to all.
Dyslexic Academic: Towards a Neurodivergent Academy
2 December 2019, 12 noon - 2.00pm, Clerici G.28
Informal 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!
3 December 2019
Show your support by wearing purple, eating purple and popping over to the Enquiry Centre, JHB, for 12.30pm
Disability History Month 2018
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.
OBU Documentary Club screening - For Once In My Life
22 November 2018
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
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
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
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
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.