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Leeds Beckett University Marked UK Disability History Month

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Leeds Beckett's Disability Action Group marked UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) on 3 December (International Day of Persons with Disabilities) by hosting a talk with two of our academics.

This event aimed to raise awareness of the month and bring to life the ways everyone, however our disability affects us, can use music to express ourselves.

Senior lecturer in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Dr James McGrath, given a talk on the role that music, this year's theme for UKDHM, plays for those with autism. For many on the autistic spectrum, heightened senses can often be overwhelming. James was talking about how music, particularly repetitive music, can help control this experience.

Senior lecturer in the Carnegie School of Education, Dr Alison Wilde given a talk on her recently published book entitled ‘Film, Comedy and Disability’, which looks at media representations of disability and inclusivity.

About UK Disability History Month

UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) is an annual event creating a platform to focus on the history of disabled people’s struggle for equality and human rights. The event began in 2010 and is now in its 8th year, it invites people and institutions across the country to participate by holding events related to the annual theme. UK Disability History Month, this year, will run from 22 November through to 22 December.

The month is also timed to coincide with the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities which seeks to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

This year, the theme is ‘Disability and Music’ with a specific focus on our many legendary musicians with disabilities, both at the present and historically. This month aims to bring to life how people, however our disability impacts us, can express ourselves through this creative medium.

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