03 Dec 2014 Dis-Ability Manchester


Dis-Ability Manchester: Breaking Barriers and Celebrating Ability

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

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Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and The University of Manchester (UoM) are proud to present a joint celebration of the UN-designated International Day of Disabled People 2014


  • Time: 12:30pm – 4pm
  • Venue: Geoffrey Manton Building, All Saints Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, off Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6LL

We cordially invite all of our Students, Members of Staff and Local Partner Organisations to celebrate the positive support and inspiration within Manchester!

This first-of-its-kind collaborative disability event involves exhibition stands, workshops and inspirational speakers

This event will be followed by a prize-winning University Challenge Quiz organised and hosted by The Union MMU

There will be four teams: MMU Staff, UoM Staff, MMU Students, UoM Students

We invite a packed and lively audience to participate and support the Quiz!

POSTER (please note that the correct timing for the Staff Vs Students University Challenge Quiz is 4.30pm – 6pm)

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The Event Steering Group:

  • Sanaa Amir – Widening Participation Intern, MMU
  • Dennis Bourne – Ex E&D Assistant, MMU
  • Anna Charles-Jones – Co-Chair, Disabled Staff Forum (DSF), MMU
  • Sarah-Beth Cooper – Community Officer, The Union, MMU
  • Hamied Haroon – Co-Chair, Disabled Staff Network (DSN), UoM
  • Amarpreet Kaur – Chair, Time to Change Society, MMU
  • Lydia Lancaster – E&D Assistant, MMU
  • Rebecca Lawthom – Professor of Community Psychology, MMU
  • Paul Marks-Jones – E&D Advisor, UoM
  • Marina Matosic – Member and Ex Co-Chair, DSF, MMU
  • Jess Napthine – Faculty Programmes Administrator, MMU
  • Mona Patel – E&D Advisor, MMU
  • Melanie Sharpe – Co-Chair, DSN, UoM

Here are a few photos of the event (plenty more here):

IDDP 2014 birds eye view

A bird’s eye view of the opening session

IDDP 2014 Quiz Students

The Student Teams on the IDDP Quiz: MMU (left) and UoM (right)

IDDP 2014 SG

Some members of the Steering Group: (from left to right, back to front) Prof Rebecca Lawthom (MMU), Jess Napthine (MMU), Paul Marks-Jones (UoM), Marina Matosic (MMU), Melanie Sharpe (UoM), Mona Patel (MMU), Dr Hamied Haroon (UoM) & Anna Charles-Jones (MMU)

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December 3rd is the UN’s International Day of Disabled People. To celebrate this significant day, we have partnered with PurpleSpace to mark the occasion with #PurpleLightUp, a vibrant global movement using the colour purple, which is emblematic of disability, celebrates and draws attention to the economic contribution of the 386 million Disabled employees around the world, and we’re inviting you and your organisation to take part.

Why join in?

Taking part in #PurpleLightUp gives you and your organisation the opportunity to:

  1. Jointly celebrate ‘purple talent’ and human potential.
  2. Show commitment to disability inclusion and accessibility.
  3. Raise the profile of your staff networks and the work that they’re doing.

Taking part is easy. From sharing the #PurpleLightUp hashtag, to lighting up your organisation in purple, there are countless ways to mark the occasion. Perhaps highlight the achievements of Disabled role models in your organisation, or join us as we take part in PurpleSpace’s 24-hour #PurpleLightUp global broadcast, or share some of the successes of your staff networks on social media, or explore any of the other great ideas listed in the official #PurpleLightUp booklet. Whatever you do, let’s make sure we shine a (purple) light on the value of Disabled employees and everything we’ve achieved.

We are stronger when we work together.

NADSN is proud to be supporting PurpleSpace in this great initiative. We’ve seen first-hand the power of staff networks to create meaningful change for Disabled employees as we work towards inclusion and accessibility in all areas of life. The hard work and dedication of our networks should not go unnoticed. So, let’s come together to celebrate all that’s been achieved and make our contributions visible all over the world.

And don’t forget, NADSN is also on hand to offer advice and support for starting or growing your staff network as you move from strength to strength in ensuring inclusion for Disabled people in your organisation. We are stronger when we work together. So, let’s do this!

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