Sussex turns purple as part of disability campaign
By: Alison Field
Last updated: Thursday, 14 November 2019
The University of Sussex is going purple as part of a national campaign to celebrate the lives of people with a disability and challenge discrimination against disabled people.
In recent years the colour purple has grown in recognition as a symbol of disability and has been adopted by a number of disability charities.
So to mark UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) from 18 November-20 December, the University will be flying a purple flag from Sussex House throughout the month.
And on Tuesday 3 December, International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD), the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts will be lighting its building in purple in support of disabled people and accessibility.
Students and staff can get involved in Purple Light Up, a global movement to draw attention to disabled people and their economic empowerment, by wearing purple on campus on 3 December.
The University is celebrating UKDHM with other events and activities on campus.
On Monday 9 December, an exhibition in the Meeting House will highlight the University’s ongoing work to deliver its goal on Accessible Sussex, which forms part of Inclusive Sussex, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy; join them any time from 1-2pm.
Other events include charity fundraising in the School of Education and Social Work and a ‘tea and talk’ event at the School of Life Sciences.
The Students’ Union programme of events is curated by Callum Chapman, Students with Disabilities Officer, and funded by the University. Highlights include an autism-friendly networking coffee morning, wheelchair basketball with ActiveUS and an accessible meet-up with the Sussex Dog Walking Society.
And there’s still time for students to access funding and support to host their own event as part of the Students’ Union’s Disability History Month programme.
Established in 2010, UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) is an annual event that aims to create a platform to focus on the history of the fight for equality and human rights for disabled people.