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Upcoming disability conferences

For information – details of two external disability related conferences that might be of interest to readers of this blog:

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DMU in Defence of Disability conference

In Defence of Disability: De Montfort University’s third annual disability conference.

6-7 June 2018 at DMU Hugh Aston Building, Leicester

Speakers will include:

  • Bettina Rigg, Partner, Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP
  • Phil Scarffe, Head of Student Welfare, DMU
  • Abigail Moriarty, Director of Learning and Technology, DMU

At DMU around one in five students declare a disability, and the university takes seriously the implementation of the social model of disability. DMU demonstrate this through adoption of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a guiding principle in relation to Teaching and Learning, backed by innovative services which aspire to give disabled students the best possible opportunity to thrive.

The two day conference will be of interest to senior managers, project managers, disability practitioners, academics and anyone who has an interest in areas such as TEF, NSS. It will also be of interest to those who are concerned with legal compliance, and issues in relation to managing or enhancing reputation.

Booking arrangements: To secure your place please visit the booking page here.

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ADEPT Conference 2018 – ‘The Diffusion of Knowledge: sharing ideas in deaf education’ at UCLan

ADEPT Conference 2018 – ‘The Diffusion of Knowledge: sharing ideas in deaf education.’

Saturday, 23rd June 2018, Greenbank Building, Victoria Street, Preston PR1 2HE

The Association of Deaf Education Professionals and Trainees (adept) and BSL & Deaf Studies team, UCLan have jointly organised this conference.

More details, including application and payment can be found here.

Further information can be accessed from www.adeptuk.co.uk. Everyone working or interested in deaf education is warmly welcomed.

Claire Byron, AGCAS Disability Task Group, Newcastle University

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Stammering – a useful employer resource

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Those of you who are members of The AGCAS Disability Development Network (DDN) discussion list may have already seen this Understanding Stammering (Nov 2017) Guide for Employers created by The Employers Stammering Network (ESN) (a British Stammering Association (BSA) initiative).

This is a really useful and comprehensive resource, so we thought we would share on the blog for those of you who aren’t on the mailing list (though we’d also encourage any AGCAS members with an interest in disability to join the AGCAS mailing list by emailing lists@agcas.org.uk).

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Ready for your festive round up?

Apologies from the DTG team that the blog has been a little quiet of late but now things are finally calming down for most of us….we hope you are ready for a last minute round up of some disability related news and advice you may have missed this year?

It’s quite a read, so grab your festive beverage of choice, relax and enjoy catching up on the following…

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Employable Me

Some of you may have been watching the new series of Employable Me, where “Britain’s most extraordinary job seekers aim to prove that having a neurological condition, such as Tourette’s or autism, shouldn’t make them unemployable.”

Find out more about Genuis Within, the organisation who work with the show who describe themselves as being ‘passionate about developing talent and achieving success with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Tourette Syndrome, Mental Health, and all neurodiverse conditions’.

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Do you have questions about visual impairment?

Just wanted to highlight a course being held by Visualise Training and Consultancy this September and October that may be of interest:

  • How do I support a visually impaired person?
  • Is visual language such as “see you later” offensive?
  • How do I guide someone with sight loss?
  • How can I ensure my business is accessible for people with sight loss?
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Visual Impairment training

These courses are intended to raise awareness of visual impairment, and best business practice in supporting VI customers and colleagues. Informative, motivational and inspiring.

You will gain an understanding of:

  • The main eye conditions and the importance of eye health care
  • How to safely guide a person with a visual impairment
  • Appropriate language and effective communication, is it ok to say “see you later”?
  • Reasonable adjustments as per the Equality Act 2010

Book your place in Cardiff or London

Alison Skellern, AGCAS Disability Task Group, De Montfort University

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AGCAS training event. Seeing the unseen: How to spot and support students with non-visible disabilities

Date June 1st 2017, Venue: Imperial College London, now open to all AGCAS members

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Venue: Imperial College London

The aim of this event is to increase participants’ confidence and knowledge when working with students with non-visible disabilities, and will cover the following –

  • What is a “non-visible” disability?
  • Positive self-marketing for students: Role models, and examples of strengths and attributes of those with a non-visible disability.
  • Signs and symptoms of some of the more common non-visible disabilities.
  • Hints and tips for supporting students with a non-visible disability, including information resources.

There will be contributions from two university careers services (De Montfort University, Leicester and the London School of Economics) and a speaker with experience of overcoming a non-visible disability to succeed in the workplace: Our speaker is Edward Howlin, IT Delivery Manager at the Food Standards Agency. Edward is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and will be talking about his own experiences as a student, an employee, and an employer with a non-visible disability.

Some interactive group work will be included as well as the opportunity to share good practice and useful resources.

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You probably noticed that last week was World Autism Awareness week – there were hundreds of awareness raising events going on across the UK and a lot of the UK press published associated articles. The overriding message during this week from the National Autistic Society (NAS) is that better understanding will mean autistic people are better able to lead the lives they choose. To promote the event NAS also produced this video to raise awareness of how some autistic people can be overwhelmed by too much information.

It’s interesting to see however how ‘raising awareness’ can take different approaches depending on the charity/ pressure group involved and even the country it takes place in.

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“Why be ‘normal”? – Rosie King

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