Kingston Council proudly celebrates UK Disability History Month

Kingston Council will be taking part in this year's UK Disability History Month campaign.

Kingston is proudly taking part in activities to raise awareness and celebrate the achievements of communities living with disabilities in the borough, following the launch of this year’s  UK Disability History Month. 

During this important awareness month, and in the lead up to International Day of People with Disabilities (3 December), a number of events and activities will be taking place around the themes of ‘celebration, learning, optimism and action.’ 

Join us at an event

Thursday 1 December, 11.00am- 12.00pm
Zoom - link to register for the event is below 

Councillor Emily Davey (Portfolio Holder for Housing) is leading a discussion on ‘Making our Homes and Spaces Accessible’. The event is jointly hosted by our DAWN (Disability & Wellbeing Network) + allies, as well as Kingston Centre for Independent Living. 

Councillor Davey will be discussing our priority to create disabled friendly facilities and housing in Kingston. You can register to take part in this event on the Zoom website.

Friday 2 December, 3.15pm - 4.30pm
Lawley Lecture Theatre- Kingston Hill campus (Kingston University)

Souleyman Bah, Paralympic gold medalist sprinter, well respected entrepreneur, former star of The Apprentice and motivational speaker, will be sharing his journey to success and how he has overcome barriers along the way. Kingston’s Chief Executive, Ian Thomas CBE, will be opening the special occasion by introducing Souleyman Bah and explaining the importance of the campaign to the borough. 

This event is being jointly hosted by Kingston Council and Kingston University’s Special Interest Group on Inclusion and Social Justice. For more information about this important event, and to book your place, visit our Eventbrite webpage

As part of the month of celebrations, the Mayor of Kingston, Cllr Yogan Yoganathan MBE, will be visiting Hollyfield Secondary School in Surbiton to view a special spoke guard exhibition where the children have created their own designs whilst reflecting on the importance of raising awareness of living with different disabilities and celebrating difference. Christ Church Primary School students will be creating artwork and writing poems to show their support of the campaign and display their admiration for those living with disabilities.

Councillor Sue Ansari will also be hosting a talk at the Kings Centre, Chessington to discuss her interest in disability related barriers and her role as Disability Champion for the borough. 

Keep an eye out on our social media channels and our events page to find out about this campaign.

Published: 18th November 2022