UK Disability History Month runs from 18 November to 18 December each year (the International Day of People with Disabilities also takes place annually on 3 December). The themes for Disability History Month 2021 are ‘relationships and sex’ and ‘hidden disabilities’. The theme for the International Day of People with disabilities is ‘fighting for rights in the post-COVID era’. Under the Equality Act 2020, disability is defined as when a person has a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities.

This page includes a list of resources relevant to Disability History Month, together with a selection of Lords Library research produced since January 2020.

For a full list of Lords Library research on this subject see the Library’s health and social policy topic page.

Disability History Month reading list

Browse a selection of books and e-books for Disability History Month.

Books can be borrowed by members and staff of the House of Lords. E-books require a parliamentary login.

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