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UK Disability History Month celebrated with a musical theme

For a fifth year running, the university will be marking UK Disability History Month with a series of events aimed at raising awareness of the impact disability has on our colleagues and students.


This year, the theme is ‘Disability and Music’ with a specific focus on our many legendary musicians with disabilities, both at the present and historically. This month aims to bring to life how people, however our disability impacts us, can express ourselves through this creative medium.

UK Disability History Month, this year, will run from 22 November through to 22 December.

At Leeds Beckett, our main event will be held on Monday 3 December (International Day of Persons with Disabilities) at 12:45 on City Campus. Sign up for the event here.

Senior lecturer in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Dr James McGrath, will be giving a talk on the role music plays for those with autism.

Senior lecturer, Dr Alison Wilde, has also kindly agreed to do a talk on her recently published book entitled ‘Film, Comedy and Disability’, which looks at media representations of disability and inclusivity.

Leeds Beckett Library will be highlighting resources available in the Library that focus on disability and music, including a book display in Headingley Library, Discover searches for print and online resources and don’t forget to check out their Spotify playlist. Follow @BeckettLibrary on Twitter for links to these resources and more information about events planned for UKDHM.

We want to use this month to promote inclusivity in our university and aim to get as many people involved as possible, if you have any ideas or contributions we’d love for you to get in touch!

Please contact Christine Simpson co-chair of the Disability Action Group or Nabila Ayub, Equality & Diversity Advisor, for more information or ideas.

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