Launch of disability history month

UCU are holding our first day of action for disability equality in education on Wednesday 21 November to launch disability history month 2018. The campaign is calling for the right to access mainstream education and reverse the cuts for special educational needs and disability (SEND).

UCU are holding our first day of action for disability equality in education on Wednesday 21 November to launch disability history month 2018.

Initiated by UCU’s disabled members’ standing committee, the day of action is all about organising against discrimination and will focus on the challenges and barriers faced by disabled people in education.

The day will culminate in a meeting in parliament. This meeting will have involvement of the TUC and campus unions as well as disability equality campaign groups and organisations, calling for:

  • time limits for the implementation of reasonable adjustments 
  • review of building regulations to ensure that new buildings are fully accessible
  • statutory rights for disability leave
  • the right to access mainstream education and reverse the cuts for special educational needs and disability (SEND).

We need your support to make this event a success! Please contact your branch to see what activities are being planned. You can find out how to support disabled members in your workplace by using the resources and ideas here, including displaying our new wall chart, showing our short film on the social model of disability, or getting involved via social media platforms.

Share this short video clip to promote the day of action.

Please get in touch with us here for further support or with any questions.

Thank you

Elaine Heffernan
UCU national executive committee and chair of disabled members' standing committee

p.s. Disability History Month is supported by a wide range of disability groups, unions and voluntary organisations, and aims to promote disabled people's rights and their struggle for equality now and in the past. Events about disability will be held all around the UK and further information can be obtained here.


Opportunity

Published: 13/11/2018
Audience: staff with an interest in disability and education
Contact: Wendy Uttley

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