“There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more”
- Robert M. Hensel
This page of our Liberation Hub is here for you to use if you identify as disabled and would like some resources or guidance, or if you are looking for ways to get involved in wider campaigns. Even if you don't identify as disabled but you are looking to support your friends & family around you, then you're in the right place!
Take a look at our resources and suggestions below. If we've missed anything or you have an initiative or suggestion for us to add to this page, then please get in touch.
Films, Documentaries, Podcasts, Books, Series, you name it! Here's some things that we'd suggest to watch, read or listen to if you're in the mood to feel empowered.
*Some of the content may not be suitable for children
Things to watch...
These are some films, documentaries and series' that are available on all major streaming platforms. Some of these we have been watching as an SU Team to help educate ourselves about the experiences of those who have a learning difference or are living with a disability. Some viewers may find parts of the below suggestions distressing.
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Things to read...
The books below are some of our suggestions that we've found useful in helping educate ourselves about living with a disability.
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Things to listen to...
In this selection of recommended podcasts there is something for everyone. Whether you are wanting to learn more about what living with a disability is like, or you want to support someone you know who had a learning difference or disability, then take a look at the suggestions below. All of the recommended podcasts are available on all major streaming platforms.
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“How can I get involved?”
National Union of Students (NUS): The NUS Disabled student campaigners network is here to support, organise and facilitate conversations on issues affecting disabled students at a local, national and international level.
The Hardest Hit Campaign: Organised jointly by the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) and the UK Disabled People’s Council, brings together individuals and organisations to send a clear message to the Government: stop these cuts now.
Scope: Scope campaigns relentlessly to create a fairer society for disabled people and their families.
Students' Union ReciteMe Toolbar: We have invested in a website tool bar which can alter the text and layout of our webpages in many different ways to help any student with a disability which might make this more difficult. We would love to have your feedback on this!
“What else is out there?”
ARU London Disabled Students' Support
The Disability and Inclusion Team offers information, advice and practical guidance during your studies. Support is available for students who have mental health difficulties, on-going medical conditions and specific learning difficulties.
ARU London Students' Union Advice Service
The Students' Union offers free, confidential and impartial advice to all ARU London students. If you have a disability and you are unsure of where to go for some support, book an appointment with our Adviser who will be able to help you on your journey.
"I am not your inspiration, thank you very much"
Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn't, she'd like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into "inspiration porn."
The Perfect Imperfections Project
Created by Laura Jane Dale, who after suffering with anxiety and self-image issues, decided to make an empowering move and launch this incredible collection of images of people embracing their body just as it is.
"Are there any upcoming events?"
If there are any events we think would be great for you we will list them below. Do you know of something happening that we can add? Get in touch.