UK Disability History Month 2020

“We need to make every single thing accessible
to every single disabled person.”

Stevie Wonder

UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) has been an annual event since 2010, creating a platform to focus on the history of disabled peoples’ struggle for equality and human rights. For this, the eleventh UK Disability History Month (UKDHM), the focus is on Access and asking ‘How far have we come? How far have we to go?’

Disability was historically seen as a tragedy that happens because of genes, disease, accident, or war, with the assumption that the disabled need to be rehabilitated to overcome the impairment of our body or mind.

Having an impairment can sometimes be painful, life shortening and disempowering, but having to deal with prejudicial barriers, based on negative attitudes from the past, is discrimination that denies the human rights of the disabled. Led by disabled colleagues, we have created list of books which we hope will change this narrative and help reframe perceptions of disability.

These are just some of the incredible books you can find through the BorrowBox app as eBooks and eAudiobooks, and as physical books on our library shelves.
For our eBooks and eAudiobooks, simply log in and browse the special featured bookshelf on BorrowBox to see the amazing eTitles available. For physical copies, browse our online catalogue and, for a small charge, reserve the book or books you would like to pick up at your local library. Or tell staff at the library if you would like these kind of books as part of your Ready Read collection.

by June Sarpong

Putting the spotlight on groups who are often marginalised in our society, including women, ethnic minorities, those living with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community, Diversify uncovers the hidden cost of exclusion and shows how a new approach to how we learn, live and do business can solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face.

Available as eBook, eAudio and physical book

Disability Visibility
by Alice Wong

A ground-breaking collection of writing on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience: Disability Visibility brings together the voices of activists, authors, lawyers, politicians, artists, and everyday people whose daily lives are, in the words of playwright Neil Marcus, “an art . . . an ingenious way to live.”
Taken together, this anthology gives a glimpse of the vast richness and complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites readers to question their own assumptions and understandings.

Available as eAudio and physical book

Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space
by Amanda Leduc

This book challenges the ableism of fairy tales and offers new ways to celebrate the magic of all bodies. By examining the ways that fairy tales have shaped our expectations of disability, Disfigured will point the way toward a new world where disability is no longer a punishment or impediment but operates, instead, as a way of centering a protagonist and helping them to cement their own place in a story, and from there, the world.

Available as eBook

Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body
by Rebekah Taussig

A memoir-in-essays from disability advocate and creator of the Instagram account @sitting_pretty Rebekah Taussig, processing a lifetime of memories to paint a beautiful, nuanced portrait of a body that looks and moves differently than most. Rebekah reflects on everything from the complications of kindness and charity, living both independently and dependently, experiencing intimacy, and how the pervasiveness of ableism in our everyday media directly translates to everyday life. Sitting Pretty challenges us as a society to be patient and vigilant, practical, and imaginative, kind and relentless, as we set to work to write an entirely different story.

Available as eBook, eAudiobook and physical book

Unconquerable: the Invictus spirit
by Boris Starling

Invictus Games change lives and save lives. Created and spearheaded by Prince Harry, for whom this is a very personal cause, the Games are for current and former servicemen and women who have been wounded, injured or sick. Most races are about who gets to the finish line first. At the Invictus Games, even making the start line is an achievement beyond measure. Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit represents the spirit of the Games, upholding a message of self-determination, positivity and sacrifice.

Available as eBook and physical book

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