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Let's Talk About Disability

Photo by Henri Calderon, from Warwick Inclusion Conference session 'Inclusive teaching for autistic and neurodivergent students'. Catch up on key learning from the session here.

The Disability Taskforce developed the 'Let’s Talk About Disability' campaign in 2020/21 to raise awareness of disability in a positive and inclusive way. The campaign consists of regular instalments of messages celebrating different areas of disability with useful links and resources for staff and students to look at.

Let's Talk About...

Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

In this instalment we highlight ways we are working to recognise the strengths and creativity of dyslexic and dyspraxic staff and students in our community.

Unseen Disabilities

Did you know, over 90% of disabilities at Warwick are unseen? They can include medical, sensory, neurodevelopmental, social, learning, speech, mental health and other types of disabilities.

Disability History

During November/December (exact dates change annually) UK Disability History Month is celebrated - an annual event creating a platform to focus on the history of disabled people's struggle for equality and human rights.

Visual Disabilities

Blind people and people with serious visual conditions might experience sight loss in a very individual way, but they all face challenging barriers in their day to day life.

Mental Health

In this instalment we are marking University Mental Health Day (the first Thursday in March annually). This day is a reminder to look after ourselves and support others but to also continue talking about our mental health and wellbeing.

Autism

Having a better understanding of how members of our staff and student community might see the world from a uniquely individual perspective is how we can embrace difference and raise awareness.

D/deaf Awareness Week

Annually in May, Deaf Awareness Week is celebrated. In this instalment we are talking about D/deaf awareness and the support that is available at Warwick.

Physical Disability

In this instalment of 'Let's Talk About Disability', we are talking about physical disabilities and the social model of disability.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Annually in September, Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week (RAAW) is celebrated. In this instalment, we are talking about what rheumatoid arthritis is.

 

“This series is all about challenging the idea that disability shouldn’t be talked about, or is too difficult to talk about. Instead, these pieces aim to celebrate and inform in a positive and accessible way. This is important for us as creating inclusive cultures where diversity is recognised, understood, and valued will help Warwick to achieve our vision of excellence in education and research. I hope you will find the series educational and engaging, and please do spread the word in your teams and departments so we can get more people talking about disability.”

Jane Furze (Director of Marketing, Communications, and Insight and Senior Disability Champion for Communication).