Looking back on Disability Recognition Month 2022


January 5th, 2023

Disability Recognition Month (DRM) celebrations took place across the university from 16 November to 16 December 2022.  The theme for this year’s celebration was ‘Disability, Health and Wellbeing’.   

We received fantastic attendance at our central event ‘What’s new in the Disability Space?’, showcasing initiatives and the provision of service for disabled staff and students, allies, managers and anyone who wanted to know more about the support available at UoN.   

Watch the DRM Central Event recording

Check out the EDI in Practice SharePoint Site where you will find the full event recording of our central event, ‘What’s new in the Disability Space?’ to watch back, alongside:

  • Presentation slides from all presenters 
  • A further information and support document for disabled staff 
  • A further information and support document for students 
  • Q&A written responses  

Short on time?  A key presentation for line managers and staff

If you’re short on time and you are a member of staff who would like to know more about the disability support that is available to you or your staff member, HR and Legal Services delivered a really useful presentation as part of the central DRM event. 

This presentation is less than half an hour and is available to watch back as a separate recording.  Watch the recording here.   

The presentation features: 

  • What a disability is, according to the Equality Act 
  • How to disclose a disability 
  • What reasonable adjustments are, according to the Equality Act 
  • Current and future support for disabled staff    

Local Event Recordings

In case you missed out on our local events, you can catch up with the recordings below.

Covid as a Mass-Disabling Event: A Pedagogy of Kindness in Pandemic Times

Watch the recording 

This webinar features Professor Cate Denial, Bright Distinguished Professor of American History at Knox College, University of Nottingham alumna, and PI on a $150,000 Mellon Foundation grant analysing practices of care in academia during Covid. Professor Denial will discuss the need to practice a “pedagogy of kindness” to create a more inclusive and just academy. 

Drawing on her research and own experiences with disability, Professor Denial will prompt us to re-evaluate our ideas of educational “rigour” not only in response to the pandemic as a mass-disabling event, but also a part of larger efforts to make higher education more accessible for disabled students and instructors alike. 

Disablism and being an Ally

Watch the recording 

This talk focused on how workplaces can become more inclusive to all members of the community.​​​​​​​Leading disability charity, Disability Rights UK delivered the talk, which included: 

  • How disablism is exhibited in culture, including workplace cultures 
  • Internalised discrimination, its impact on people who are disabled and allies 
  • How to stand up for human rights and how allies can help 

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