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

 

 

Recent Posts

NADSN Black Lives Matter Statement

The tragic killing of George Floyd and others in the USA[1] along with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement serves to remind us that there are continued inequalities and fundamental differences that exist within our society.  Differences which are not acceptable.

The National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN) stands in solidarity with the BLM movement in speaking out against racial injustices and inequalities faced by our communities in the UK and beyond[2].

The pandemic has served to highlight further racial disparities in the UK. Death rates from COVID-19 were higher for Black and Asian ethnic groups when compared to White ethnic groups. This disproportionate impact is multiplied for Disabled Black and Asian people. The Public Health England Report found that structural racism plays a part.

“Together We Can – and Will – Transform”.[3]

Our purpose as a super-network remains vital.  As members, we seek to inspire support and success.  As a community, we share our opinions, values, culture and best practice and deepen our understanding of each other, our world and how we can have a positive impact. At this challenging time, we urge all our members to look out for each other and empower one another. When we work in collaboration, we can achieve great change.

Ableism Has Much in Common with Racism.

We understand that ableism and racism are not equivalent.  However, the experiences of ethnic minorities and Disabled people have some similarities. Disabled people regularly face systemic and institutional discrimination within society, education, work, and healthcare settings. We have been pitied, abused, excluded, stereotyped and met with disdain and platitudes. Disabled people have been underrepresented and misrepresented in entertainment and media. Our narratives and achievements have been appropriated and used as inspiration for non-disabled people. These forms of barriers are compounded for Disabled people from ethnic minority backgrounds, particularly those of us with a mental health condition or those of us who are neurodiverse.

Our Work.

Throughout our work, we strive to embed an intersectional understanding and approach. In 2019, we co-hosted a National Intersectionality Conference with the LGBT+ Network of Networks in Higher Education. We also appointed an Intersectionality Lead and two Intersectionality Partners onto our diverse Steering Committee. We will continue to work to better understand the inequalities and barriers Disabled people from ethnic minorities face and work to challenge and combat these. We will continue to work in partnership to support all members of our community, as well as seeking to set an example for others.

We strive to be a part of the solution.


[1] The wave of protests in the USA over the killing of George Floyd are the outbursts of anger and injustice that have erupted after the deaths of many other black Americans whilst in police custody. Data: US ‘Mapping Police Violence’ – https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/ and in the UK since 1990, 184 people from ethnic minorities have died as a result of police actions (20 due to police shootings and 164 in custody).  https://www.inquest.org.uk/bame-deaths-in-police-custody

[2]Many of the Black people killed by police are disabled. Inquest notes that ethnic minorities were twice as likely to die after restraint or use of force, and twice as likely to die if they had a mental health condition. https://rudermanfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/MediaStudy-PoliceDisability_final-final.pdf

[3] Slogan: “Together we can – and will – transform” – https://blacklivesmatter.com/


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