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Loughborough marks UK Disability History Month

The University and Loughborough Students’ Union are running a programme of events and initiatives to celebrate UK Disability History Month (18 November-18 December).

This year’s themes are hidden disabilities and relationships and sex.

Staff associated with the Staff Inclusivity Group will share their lived experiences on the University’s EDI blog and there will also be content throughout the month on our social and internal channels.

All of these will be featured on a dedicated webpage, alongside event details and a range of resources including training on how to hold inclusive meetings, documentaries on disabilities and podcasts on neurodiversity. You will also be able to view staff and student profiles, representing our diverse communities.

The Hazlerigg and Rutland fountain will be lit up purple as part of the #PurpleLightUp campaign which celebrates disabled employees around the world.

Emma Nadin, Chair of the Staff Inclusivity Group said: “The group is a safe and supportive place for staff across both campuses and from all job families who are affected by physical or hidden disabilities. 

“It offers its members the opportunity to have their voice heard and to share their personal lived experiences of disability, particularly in the workplace. Disability History Month is important as it raises awareness of the challenges disabled people can face but also highlights the actions that can be taken to ensure everyone can participate fully and inclusively in the workplace and wider society.”

Mart Edwards, Executive Sponsor of the Staff Inclusivity Group added: “It is a privilege to be part of the Staff Inclusivity Group which does so much to both support and raise awareness of different members of our diverse community. This is particularly relevant during Disability History Month which sets out to not only recognise disabled people and their rights but also celebrates their achievements.”

Loughborough’s dedicated webpage is now available to view.

Further information about the Staff Inclusivity Group can also be found online, as well as LSU’s Disability Support Network. You can also follow The Staff Inclusivity Group on their recently launched Twitter page.