UK Disability History Month 2016: Disability And Language

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I was offline for most of yesterday, attending the launch of UK Disability History Month. Now in its 7th year, the Month runs from 22nd November to 22nd December. It continues to grow and continues to cover important disability issues through interesting events and useful resources, around themes decided each year by its founder and coordinator, disability rights campaigner Richard Rieser.

This year, as has become usual, disability activists, disabled people and our allies gathered in central London to launch the Month with an evening of interesting speeches and enjoyable entertainment based around this year’s theme, Disability and Language.

The evening started with writer and activist Maresa Mackeith reading out some of her original poetry. Maresa uses a method of communication which requires assistance from another person. This is usually known as Facilitated Communication.  She is a founding member of Quiet Riot, a group of people without speech who all…

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