A short aside from my family history studies, I am about to have my first book published, Forward - a history of Birmingham Disability Resource Centre. The book is the result of an 18 month oral history project I have been carrying which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The book records the history of the disabled people's rights movement in the 20th century culminating in the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995 and the establishment of user led organisations such as Birmingham Disability Resource Centre.
It is a fairly unique and innovative piece of work as it takes an oral history approach to disability history, which in the past has been the domain of academics and sociologists. The front cover image was commissioned from Crippen, a well known disabled cartoonist and the foreword is by Professor Carl Chinn who also supported me with training for our oral history participants during the project.
The launch event takes place at the centre on 9th April 2010 and Sir Albert Bore who is the leader of the Labour group on Birmingham City Council will be in attendance along with Bob Williams-Findlay who was the founder of Birmingham Disability Rights Group in 1985.
I have posted the text from the book onto a new website at this link. Please feel free to have an exclusive peak before the book is launched. Images from the book will be added in a week or two. Here's the link: