A key milestone in the development of human rights has been the Convention of the Rights for Persons with Disabilities, which only came into force in 2008! This is despite years of activity by disabled people, allies and advocates in the UK and across the world.

Language shapes how we see ourselves and see the world. A powerful first step by many movements has been to assert the power to name themselves. UK Disability History Month (22 November – 22 December) this year explores the language used to describe disabled people and the language disabled people use to express themselves. See UKDHM.org The theme for International Day of Disabled People is ‘Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want’, which draws attention to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how these goals can create a more inclusive and equitable world for disabled people. See here.

We are currently planning an event in York to celebrate Disability History Month(22 Nov – 22 Dec) & International Day of Disabled People (3 Dec 16).  This is in partnership with York Explore, the International Service and the York Independent Living Network.  This will happen between Monday, November 28th and Saturday, December 3rd.

We are keen to hear from anyone else who might be planning something too so that we might promote this as part of our celebrations.  If you are planning something, or know of anyone doing so please do get in touch.

Please email admin@yiln.org.uk or tweet @yiln2.