International Day of Persons with Disabilities falls on the 3rd of December each year which is a special time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disabilities and increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance.
The 2021 theme is "Fighting for rights in the post-COVID era" as we are celebrating the challenges, barriers and opportunities for people who live with disabilities, in the context of a global pandemic.
We call on every student and staff in the UNNC community, to learn from the experiences of people living with disabilities during this pandemic, and push for more meaningful investments into removing barriers for all people living with disability, including physical disability, ongoing mental health conditions, long-term medical conditions and learning difference.
Below are the activities UNNC’s Disability Awareness Campaign will run this year on campus. There might be some updates for the activities due to the pandemic situation. Please click here to register.
►Date: 1 – 6 December 2021
1. Disability Equality Exhibition (1-11 December, Public area at 1st Floor in the Library) - Breathe in our Shared Garden
People with all kinds of disabilities live together with people with no disabilities. How to build up an accessible community so that we all could share experiences with each other. Let’s take a deep breath in our shared garden. Welcome to the library to visit the exhibition.
2. Launch of Disability Support Introduction video
The video will brief you on the Disability Support Service in UNNC and guide you on how to register in Disability Support.
3. Public Speech by Shuai Zhao - Paralympic champion (18:00 – 20:00, 9 December, D.H Lawrence Auditorium)
As an outstanding para table tennis player of TT8 class, Zhao Shuai has been teaching table tennis at UNNC as a special guest teacher since March 2021. His bond with the University dates back to 2016 when he studied English at UNNC with the financial support of the Deng Yaping Sports Scholarship. During this period, he was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Medal, which honours students and staff for their exceptional achievements. He just won two golds in the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
He will share his experiences of overcoming a life-changing injury that would put him on a path to Paralympic success.
4. Inclusive experience workshop for students (14:00 – 15:30, 2 December 2021, TB418)
UNNC aim to create an inclusive and equitable teaching and learning environment to benefit all our students. You may have encountered disability students around or you may experience disability yourselves, this workshop will explore how to offer or access the right support so that we all could flourish as independent learners.
Workshop Leader: Jean Wu, Senior Manager, Disability Support and Health Promotion, has 13 years of experience working in Disability Support.
5. Floor curling game provided by Ningbo Disabled Persons Federation (Cancelled due to the latest COVID-19 security guidelines)
UNNC students and staff could play floor curling games together with people with hearing impairment. We could learn how to communicate and play with people with hearing impairment.
6. Movie in the Dark (10:00 – 12:00, 13:30 – 16:00, 5 December 2021, DB-B05)
Shen Zhen Disability Federation Association cooperated with the Communication University of China to develop a Bright Cinema Programme which provides movies typically for people with sight impairment. The activity will let you have a typical experience of "watching" a movie without eyes.
7. Imprint love on each other - Documentary film <Everything will be there> (18:30 – 20:00, 6 December, D. H. Lawrence Auditorium)
Director Nengjie Jiang took a film that recorded a group of people with intellectual disability and ADHD who lives in a Beijing Rehabilitation Centre. The director hopes to raise more awareness of early diagnosis and intervention for people with all kinds of learning disabilities, and also call for more policy development to support this group of people. Online conversion with Nengjie Jiang after the film will be provided.
8. Disability Equality Training for staff (3 – 5 pm, 6 December, Trent 452)
The workshop aims to build the capacity and confidence of teachers and employees of the university to support students with disabilities in classes and on campus in general.
Zhou Haibin: Founder and Executive Director of Easy Inclusion, a social enterprise that promotes disability inclusion in workplaces. He is the Secretary-General of ILO Global Business and Disability Network China chapter, Chief Supervisor of Inclusion China and board member of Beijing Baixingyizhong Legal Service Centre for Persons with Disabilities. In 2012-2016, he worked in International Labor Office in China and Mongolia as National Programme Coordinator, and then coordinated UN Partnership on Rights for Persons with Disabilities in China and Promoting Rights and Opportunities for People with Disabilities in Employment through Legislation, or PROPEL Project.
Before joining ILO, he works in Wuhan Evening News as a reporter from 2008 to 2011 and reported on news of Hubei Province and Wuhan City governments and Communists’ Party Committee and National People’s Congress. Mr Zhou gets a Master degree in Human Rights and Democratization from the University of Sydney, Australia and a master degree in International Law from the Institute of International Law in Wuhan University, China. He also gets a Graduate Certification in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University–Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies.
Gao Song: Song is currently Corporate Partnership Director, Senior Trainer and Business Partner of Easy Inclusion Consulting. He also takes the role of the deputy secretary-in-general of the Global Business and Disability Network China chapter of the International Labor Organization (ILO). He has rich working experience in multinationals and international NGOs such as Nestle, Ruder Finn Public Relations, Asia Catalyst, Rare, etc. What’s more, he served persons with disabilities in several projects. From September 2009 to September 2010, he worked as a volunteer teacher for a Danish special school, teaching over 10 students with Autism, ADHD and other neurodiverse conditions. In 2014, as the only consultant, he led the design of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” program in China and provided consulting services to several amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) community groups, which was highly recognized by most stakeholders.
Since 2018, he started working with Easy Inclusion Consulting to support corporate clients to develop their disability inclusion solutions, and to provide training, evaluation and other consulting services. He is holding the Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate from PMI and China’s Certificate of Management Consultant. He is also a certified disability equality trainer of ILO. His main areas are corporate social responsibility, diversity, and inclusion consulting, disability awareness training, etc. He has a master degree in development studies from SOAS, University of London.