The biggest public survey investigating interest in disability history launches during Disability History Month

Screen South’s Accentuate Programme, is currently undertaking the biggest public survey ever seen to understand the level of interest there is in the relatively hidden history of Deaf and Disabled people. This survey coincides with the UK’s Disability History Month and will help to inform the planning for a major new social history programme, Accentuate History of Place.

This project will chart the lives of deaf and disabled people from the Medieval Period to the present day in relation to the built environment. Throughout Disability History Month (22nd November – 22nd December) Accentuate is gathering views on the interest in and perceptions of deaf or disability history.

Please fill in the questionnaire and tell us what you think. 

Esther Fox, Accentuate Programme Executive says “This survey is important as it is the first time there has been an investigation of the wider Public’s interest in deaf and disability history. We need your feedback and suggestions to ensure we are planning a national project which is relevant and exciting, particularly for people who may not know anything about the history of deaf and disabled people.”

Esther Gill, Accentuate History of Place Interim Programme Manager says “We will be encouraging a widespread twitter campaign using the hashtag #UKDHM and want as many people as possible to respond. Our target is 500 people but we’re hoping to smash that. Please make a difference and take five minutes to complete the survey”.

The Accentuate History of Place project has been made possible by achieving development funding of £77, 600 awarded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

During the development period Accentuate is consulting widely and this survey forms an important part of this consultation.

Once the project has been further developed Accentuate will be submitting a second-round application to secure the full grant amount of £875,900.

Find out more about Accentuate History of Place. 

Find out more about Disability History Month. 

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