This resource contains stories of influential people who have impacted disability related UK laws and equal rights. Launched to mark Disability History Month 2020, this resource can be used throughout the academic year to embed the stories across the curriculum.

Learn about…

Ben Purse
Ben was an early trailblazer for disability rights, leading a march of blind people and people with visual impairments to Parliament in 1920, which led to an important new law.

Rosa May Billinghurst
Influential suffragette and wheelchair user, Rosa played an important role in protests and action in the campaign for votes for women.

Lord Alf Morris
As an MP and member of the House of Lords, Alf became a strong disability rights ally after experiencing inequality first-hand when his father returned from the Great War unable to work due to his injuries.

Anne Begg
Motivated by the challenges she faced to become a teacher, Anne campaigned to become an MP in Parliament to fight for equal opportunities for all, becoming the first ever full-time wheelchair user in the House of Commons.

Baroness Jane Campbell
As a young girl, Jane found herself unfairly excluded from mainstream education and wanted to make sure no one was left out again, by first becoming a disability rights activist, and later a member of the House of Lords.

Deborah Williams
When Deborah, a performer and artist, established her own company to tell her stories, she became such a success that she was invited into Parliament to share her experience and skills with a select committee.

Your pupils can also take part in these activities:

  • What are equal rights?
  • Including everyone, every time

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