Arts University Bournemouth’s Students’ Union (AUBSU) is marking this year’s Disability History Month with a twist
Disability History Month runs from November 22 to December 22 every year to promote disabled people’s rights and recognise their struggle for equality.
It is supported by a wide range of disability groups, unions and voluntary organisations, but AUBSU is making this event its own.
Writing on its website, AUBSU said: “We’ve decided to shake up Disability History Month a little bit.
“Working closely with our new Students with Disabilities Officer, Sam, we’ve come up with an AUB-specific month of activities and awareness events, and named it disAbility Celebration Month.
“This is because we want to not only communicate the history of human rights struggles, but also celebrate our unique and diverse community of #AUBMAKERS and their work.
“Our disAbility Celebration Month aims to celebrate all that those with disabilities bring to the art world, whilst also raising awareness of the issues those with disabilities have with accessing arts education and arts communities.
“It’s no big secret that a significant percentage of ‘outsider artists’ (artists who are self-taught and who have no formal arts training or education) are disabled, disenfranchised from the artistic culture and opportunities of a society largely designed to exclude them.
“As a specialist arts institution, we are in the unique position to challenge this.”
AUBSU’s disAbility Celebration Month has been put together with the goal of getting everyone on campus to think about disabilities and art.
Its workshops and events will address the ideas of expression through creativity, unseen disabilities, physical accessibility and spaces, and empowerment.
It will also give those taking part the building blocks to rethink how they approach and interact with disabilities and art, as well as providing the tools to create work and hold events that are accessible.
Here are some of the events that will be taking place:
British Sign Language Workshop
Tuesday, November 27, 4.55pm – 6.15pm
Location: K102 (Upstairs, Student Services)
AUBSU has arranged for Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association (WDDA) to come in to lead a workshop to introduce participants to the language and teach some of the basics of signing.
By the end of the workshop you will be able to communicate your name, where you live, forms of transport, time, days, months, and dates of birth, all in British Sign Language (BSL).
Demystifying Disability Workshop
Thursday, November 29, 5pm – 6pm
AUBSU’s elected Students with Disabilities Officer, Sam, is keen to demystify some of the thoughts and ideas surrounding disabilities, and what better way to do so than to hold an open workshop and discussion where individuals are free to bring up turbulent topics surrounding unseen disabilities and how to make your environment more accessible?
This workshop-slash-discussion is about creating an open and honest place for discourse surrounding disabilities.
Stressed > Desserts
Tuesday, December 4, 5pm – 7pm
Location: AUB Students’ Union
AUBSU says it is no coincidence that ‘stressed’ is ‘desserts’ spelled backwards so it is turning the Arts Bar into a quiet zone/calm room to help you to take some time out, enjoy some relaxed solo or group activities (we’ll be supplying some Play-Doh, board games, and drawing utensils), and eat some desserts.
They want to create a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere where you can escape from the stresses of hand-in season and focus on a healthy dosage of self-care.
Visit the AUBSU website for more information.