Embracing Disability in the Workplace

Embracing Disability in the Workplace 

28th August 2019 | Central London

Despite 22% of the working age population being classed as disabled, employers are still not making the necessary workplace adjustments to be disability confident. The employment rate for the able to work disabled population is 30% lower than that of the rest of the population. With the government investing funds into reducing the disability pay gap, there are plenty of steps that can be taken to bring our disabled population into work.

Our ‘Embracing Disability in the Workplace’ conference will equip you with insight into the assistance that is available to disability employers and provide you with the skills necessary to benefit from this largely untapped pool of talent.


Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Sue Bott, Senior Policy Advisor, Disability Rights UK
  • Jason Green, Co-chair, Reading University Staff Disability Network  
  • Jessica Leigh, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Scope
  • Sue Coe, Trade Union Congress
  • Ricky Somal, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Hamied Haroon, Chair, National Association of Disabled Networks (NADSN)
  • Daniel Wiles, Training and Consultancy Manager, Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • Gary Bourlet, Co-Founder of Learning Disability England


Why attend? 

  • Learn how to remove the barriers to progression in the workplace
  • Bring new, innovative ideas around workplace diversity back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear from leading figures in disability inclusion
  • Earn a CPD certificate for your personal progression
  • Enjoy an opportunity to network with top speakers and fellow colleagues 


Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in supporting their disabled employees, including: employers; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; health & safety officers; consultants; health services providers; trade unions and representative groups.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available to confirm your attendance.


Dates and locations: 

Embracing Disability in the Workplace | Central London | 28th August 2019 

Register now


For queries regarding registration please contact: 

Annaliza Battiston

0207 593 5739






Chair’s Introduction

Dr Hamied Haroon, Chair, National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN)


Overcoming the barriers faced by employers

  • Reframing the term disability and unpicking what it entails
  • Improving communications to ensure staff are aware of their rights
  • Establishing what financial aid is available for disability employers
  • Understanding your legal obligations to disabled employees

Sue Bott, Head of Policy, Disability Rights UK 

Sue Coe, Senior Policy Officer: Equality and Strategy, Trades Union Congress (TUC)

Jessica Leigh, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Scope


Networking break


Recruiting people with a disability and ensuring they progress

  • Engaging with disabled candidates when advertising opportunities
  • Updating recruitment processes to enable fair representation
  • Recognising the needs of individuals in your current workforce
  • Ensuring there are adequate progression pathways and that high-level roles are accessible

Teresa Scott OBE, Founder and CEO, Kennedy Scott 

Gary Bourlet, Co-Founder,  Learning Disability England


Networking lunch


Modernising workplace culture

  • Promoting responsible line management and enabling workers to feel confident in making their requirements known
  • The role of networks and champions in influencing workplace culture
  • Reasonable adjustments and when they should be made
  • Exploring the benefits of flexible working and the role of technology 

Jason Green, Co-chair, Reading University Staff Disability Network  

Ricky Somal, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Daniel Wiles, Training and Consultancy Manager, Leonard Cheshire Disability



Chair's closing remarks


Event end