Sunday 22 November 2020

Please join us to celebrate Disability History Month with booklet launch on Disability History

ATUC affiliate, Aberdeenshire UNISON will celebrate Disability History Month and the International Day of People with Disabilities on 3rd December 4-5pm with an online event.

This event  will also see the launch of a booklet, Disability History: Fascinating Facts, penned by branch equalities officer, Kathleen Kennedy.

All our delegates, associates, friends and families are warmly invited to attend.

You can join from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

Go to the Facebook event for more details and full joining instructions.

The theme, ‘turning disability into ability’ focusses on the achievements of disabled people.  The Fascinating Facts booklet looks at disability over the past 200 years with a particular spotlight on the North East of Scotland. As well as the historical context it also includes features on prominent local disabled people who have achieved great things.

Kathleen Kennedy who is chairing the event said: “Disability History Month comes at a crucial time, given that people with disabilities have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID pandemic, with 56% of COVID deaths having been people with disabilities.

“The Disability Discrimination Act is now 25 years old and questions remain as to why, in today’s society, there is still such extensive disability discrimination."

Kathleen added, “I am delighted this will be our second time celebrating an equality history event and I hope that the event and the booklet will go some way to highlight that the focus should be on ability and not disability.”