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Disability History Month is here!

KCLSU joins in to celebrate Disability History Month with a range of events and initiatives happening between the 16th of November and the 16th of December. This year’s edition centres around the theme Disability, Health and Wellbeing and focuses on addressing the fragility of the rights that the community managed to secure. The COVID-19 pandemic especially brought this to the fore.

Apart from the various events KCLSU organises to support those of us with disabilities and challenge the ableist narratives that still prevail, we also take this opportunity to spread the word about what is being done at King’s.

One such initiative is making King’s Sport and Wellness facilities more accessible. Keep on reading to find out what measures and initiatives are being implemented.

  • Quiet Time

King’s Sport and Wellness is currently introducing Quiet Time - a time slot during the week when capacity is capped. Admissions during this time will be reduced to provide a more comfortable environment to exercise for people who enjoy a more intimate space.

At Strand the Quiet Time will be 3pm-4pm on Thursdays. These time slots are also being organised in other KCL Gyms. Keep up to date through their websites!

  • Trained Gym Coaches

All frontline King’s Sport and Wellness coaches are currently being trained under Connecting Differently Through Sport which will allow them to instruct people with disabilities more effectively and mindfully.

  • Accessibility of King’s Sport and Wellness Spaces

The Strand and London Bridge Gyms feature wide-access gates and corridors, as well as accessible chaining room facilities. Equipment is adaptable to meet accessibility needs and hearing induction loops are available for use. If you need help with anything speak to the Gym staff.

  • Active Wellness

The Active Wellness programme is aimed at those in our communities who experience low mental or physical wellbeing. Participants can make use of free gym memberships, access to sessions with King’s Sport and Wellbeing, as well as nutritional advice and wellbeing resources. Read more here!

Keep an eye out for more regular initiatives from King’s and KCLSU and take a look at other ways we celebrate Disability History Month this year!


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