Managing Disability in the Workplace

Managing Disability in the Workplace: Attracting, Retaining and Nurturing Diverse Talent 

10th March 2020 | Central London


Just 1 in 2 disabled people are in work, compared with over 80% of the non-disabled population. This represents a vast pool of untapped talent. Meanwhile, with over 90% of disabilities being invisible, your workplace is likely already far more diverse than recognised. It is therefore critical that your business becomes better informed around disability in order to attract and retain a talented and underemployed demographic, whilst facilitating your current staff.

The necessary support required by disabled people to access, remain in, and flourish at work is relatively uncomplicated. Misconception and lack of awareness are often the key barriers to enabling disabled people to achieve their full potential. Open conversation and education can therefore make all the difference in creating a disability-inclusive environment and cultivating a diverse workforce.

Our upcoming event, “Managing Disability in the Workplace: Attracting, Retaining and Nurturing Diverse Talent”, will explore common workplace barriers which people with both hidden and visible disabilities face, and what current policy and best practice means for employers. Learn about becoming a Disability Confident employer and changing attitudes amongst line managers, and leave with the insight needed to develop a disability-inclusive and aware workplace.


Key Speakers: 

  • Tony Wilson, Institute Director, Institute for Employment Studies
  • Kani Kamara, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre, Imperial College London


Why attend? 

  • Learn how to remove the barriers to disabled employees' employment and progression in your workplace
  • Bring new, innovative ideas around disability inclusion and support back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear from leading figures about fostering disabled employees' skills and potential 
  • 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: 

Managing Disability in the Workplace | Central London | 10th March 2020

10% Early Bird Discount Available until 22nd November 2019

Register now 


For queries regarding registration please contact: 

Ivana Picone

0207 593 5739






Chair's Introduction


Disability in the workplace: facts, figures and prevalent misconceptions

  • Addressing common structural and cultural issues inhibiting disabled people’s employment

Tony Wilson, Director, Institute for Employment Studies


Policy at work: legal responsibilities and best practice

  • Understanding Equality Act duties
  • Reasonable adjustments: what does ‘equality’ mean in the context of disability?
  • Managing sickness absence, grievances and return to work
  • Guidance on confidentiality and disclosure


Networking Break


In-depth discussion: shedding light on hidden disability

  • Hidden Disability: the specific biases and barriers it presents
  • The Neurodiverse workforce: fostering understanding and cultivating strengths
  • Hidden disability and the aging workforce: a new employment frontier
  • Encouraging confidence in disclosing conditions and asking for help


Networking lunch


Leading the way: becoming a disability confident and inclusive employer

  • The business case for becoming a Disability Confident Employer
  • Disability-friendly hiring: inclusive communications and non-biased interviewing
  • Workplace Adjustment Passports: a Civil Service case study
  • Supporting, developing and retaining disabled staff

Kani Kamara, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre, Imperial College London


Shifting Perspectives: the Social Model as key to developing an informed and disability-inclusive working culture


Chair’s Closing Remarks


Event Close