Who are we?
The society aims to provide a safe and friendly way of meeting with other disabled students and those with an interest in promoting equality and diversity at the university. Members will be able to share their experiences, good and bad, and lobby the University for improvements in access and inclusion.
We also host a variety of cultural, entertainment and informative events, such as for example film screenings and panel discussions, with the aim of stimulating a public dialogue around disability equality and inclusion at Leeds University.
We define disability broadly and welcome anyone who feels that they are facing barriers and/or discriminatory attitudes due to the unique way in which their body and/or mind works. This includes students experiencing barriers or discrimination due to conditions such as dyslexia and dyspraxia, autistic students and other neurodiverse students, students with chronic illnesses, students with mental health issues, those with invisible impairments of any kind, as well as Deaf students and students with physical or sensory impairments. We also welcome supportive allies without impairments/disabilities.
The society will discuss and act on any issues disabled students face at Leeds University, with the aim of improving accessibility, awareness and more.
- To promote a more accessible and inclusive campus for all students.
- To provide support to disabled students during their university life.
- To advance equality and diversity at Leeds University.
So, if this sounds like the type of society you would like to get involved with, then please don't hesitate to get in touch or join the facebook page to hear all about our upcoming events!
Our regular meetings take place on Tuesdays at 7 pm in Room 5 of LUU (on the second floor).
Here is a picture of a few of us after Colin Barnes gave his talk on Disability History during Disability History Month 2016.
For any questions about accessibility, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Film screening: Finding Nemo/Finding Dory
Tues 21st February, 6.30-9.30pm
A double Disney extravaganza! We will be screening the popular animated films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, followed by a discussion of the representation of disability in the two films.
Art in the Disabled Community
Tues 28th February , 8-10pm
For World Unite Festival 2017, Disability Action Society will be joined by disabled artist and activist Gemma Nash to discuss the place of art within the disabled community, from art exhibitions to Frida Kahlo. This session will include a screening of the biographical short film Frida Kahlo's Corset (produced and directed by Liz Crow), which will be subtitled.
History of Disability Activism Workshop
Tues 21st March, 7-9pm
Come and join us in this interactive workshop where we explore the history of disability activism. We will explore and discuss a wide range of topics from history that have affected disabled people, including institutionalisation, discrimination and hate crimes, and the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995, which was the first policy to give disabled people and able-bodied people equal rights. We will also discuss what this History means to us and our cause in our continued fight for respect and basic human rights for all disabled people.
All events are in Meeting Room 5, Floor 2, Leeds University Union. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility.