York Disability Week

York Disability Week 2020 – Promoting and equal, inclusive and accessible York

This year’s UN theme is ‘Not all disabilities are visible’.

Planning for the 2020 York Disability Week programme is already underway – if you would like to get involved, please send us an email.


We would love to hear from you if you or your organisation or group is planning any events to celebrate Disability History Month (Nov-December) and/or York Disability Week (28th Nov to 5th Dec) which includes the UN International Day for People with Disabilities on 3rd December.   Given the very different circumstances arising from the COVID pandemic, we are anticipating that some (but certainly not all) of this year’s programme will be online.  We will as usual be putting together a printed programme and a website FREE OF CHARGE and will be advertising events through social media.

You can also check out the dedicated website for the programme of events at www.yorkdisabilityweek.org/

If you would like your event to be included in our programme, please fill in the form below:

York Disability Week - event notification

Please use this form to submit information about events for the 2020 York Disability Week programme

If you prefer, you can complete this events form and email it to: disability@yorkhumanrights.org

The International Day for People with Disabilities

Since the autumn of 2016, we have worked with York Independent Living Network, York Explore and other organisations to develop awareness of Disability History Month (November to December) and the UN International Day for People with Disabilities (3rd December).   UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) is an annual event, running since 2010, that works to create a platform for focus on the history of disabled peoples struggle for equality and human rights.  International Day of Disabled People is a day observed by the United Nations.  This started in 1992, by United Nations General Assembly resolution (47/3). Its aim is to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of disabled people. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of disabled people in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

The 2019 programme was supported by Joseph Rowntree Foundation and City of York Council. It included a wide range of events to promote an equal, inclusive and accessible York. Highlights included a 7-week art exhibition, a cabaret and a wide variety of sporting and creative activities and events.

2018 saw a larger organising group than in previous years, and the programme was generously supported by The Hungate Fund, through Two Ridings Community Foundation. The programme included over twenty events, including a Goalball Tournament, a live-link to Urbino for the Eleanor Worthington Art Prize award, and a workshop on the effects of changes to the welfare benefits system on disabled people.

In 2017, among other activities, we ran a community event on Direct Payments and a weekend of events under the banner of Disability Pride attended by close to 200 people.

YDP 1 2 3 Dec 17 high res

2016’s theme looked at Disability and Art.