WAWH Manchester June 2014

The “What Are We Hiding?” National Conference was held at The University of Manchester, in the Alan Turing Building, on Friday 6th June 2014. This was organised and hosted by The University of Manchester’s Disabled Staff Network.

Please see the Programme and Session Details.

The Live Remote Captioning Transcripts, the PowerPoint slides that some of the session speakers/facilitators have very kindly allowed us to share, and a video, can be downloaded as follows:

  • Opening Session: Welcome – Prof Clive Agnew | Transcript
  • Session A) Mental Health Foundation: Speakers’ Bureau – Andrew Voyce | Slides | Transcript
  • Session B) Department for Work and Pensions: Access to Work – John Beasley | Slides | Transcript
  • Session C) National Union of Students – James Elliott
  • Session D) National Autistic Society – Lyndsey Draper | Slides | Transcript
  • Session E) Bipolar UK – Fiona Cooper | Slides | Transcript
  • Session F) Mindfulness Meditation – Mary Walsh | Transcript
  • Session G) Disabled Staff Networks – Hamied Haroon & Anna Charles-Jones | Slides: UoM DSN, MMU Fora, NADSN Proposals | Transcript
  • Session H) Stroke Association – Clare Roberts & a stroke survivor | Slides | Transcript
  • Session I) Institute of Mental Health – Karen Machin | Slides | Transcript
  • Session K) mADDchester – David Powell | Transcript
  • Session L) George House Trust – HIV Positive Speaker | Transcript
  • Concluding Session: Keynote Speaker – Tom McAlpine OBE | Transcript | Video

Copyright of the slides belongs to the authors. Live Remote Captioning and Transcripts were provided by AI Media UK.

If you have any queries about this conference, please contact Melanie Sharpe, Co-Chair of the Disabled Staff Network and Chair of its Conference Steering Group, at The University of Manchester. An internal report by The University of Manchester can be found here.

This conference was proudly sponsored by AI Media UK and Osmond Ergonomics.


*** AWARD WINNING ***

The University of Manchester held its first ever Social Responsibility Making A Difference Awards on 7th May 2015. Melanie Sharpe and Hamied Haroon were nominated by the Equality & Diversity Committee in the University’s Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences for “organising and hosting” this Conference! To their utter shock, and against all the odds, Melanie and Hamied WON the Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity (Staff)“!!! A video describing this award is available on YouTube here, and a full list of Award winners and highly commended can be found here. Thanks to everyone for making this Conference such an overwhelming success!!! There are some photos of the Award near the bottom of this page …


Here are some photos of the Conference taken by Chris Foster:

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Left to right: Clive Agnew, Hamied Haroon and Melanie Sharpe

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Left to right: Guy Osmond, Hamied Haroon and Melanie Sharpe

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Guy Osmond at the Osmond Ergonomics stand talking to a delegate

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Conference delegates taking a break in the atrium of the Alan Turing Building

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“Fly on the wall” view of organisers, exhibitors and delegates in the atrium

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One of the exhibitor stands at the Conference

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Conference delegates trying out The Manchester Museum’s Haptic Interactive

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Some of the Student Ambassadors from The University of Manchester who worked at the Conference

 

Here are some photos of the Making A Difference Award WON by Melanie Sharpe and Hamied Haroon on 7th May 2015:

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Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell (President & Vice Chancellor of The University of Manchester) presenting the Making A Difference Award to Hamied Haroon and Melanie Sharpe

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The Making A Difference Award and Certificate presented to Hamied Haroon and Melanie Sharpe

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The Making A Difference Award Certificate presented to Hamied Haroon and Melanie Sharpe

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The Making A Difference Award presented to Hamied Haroon and Melanie Sharpe

 

 

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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.

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

  1. Jointly celebrate ‘purple talent’ and human potential.
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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.

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