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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COVID Post-Lockdown: Perspectives, Implications and Strategies for Disabled Staff – NADSN’s Position Paper

PRESS RELEASE

The National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN) is a super-network that connects and represents disabled staff networks at organisations across the United Kingdom. NADSN exists as a collective platform to share experiences, develop good practice, and to examine challenges and opportunities for disabled people in the workplace. Focussed on the tertiary education sector, we also have membership from the NHS, public, private and third sector, undertaking a variety of occupational roles; all committed to equality, diversity and inclusion of disabled staff. Disabled staff form an integral part of the workforce in HE.

The paper entitled “COVID-19 Post-Lockdown: Perspectives, Implications and Strategies for Disabled Staff” was developed under very tight timelines as English universities are going back quicker than the other nations, by way of a national membership consultation and peer review by NADSN’s member networks.

NADSN has been very concerned about the development of national policy up to this time and for moving out of the COVID-19 lockdown stage as national policy has been silent in relation to disabled staff apart from in presenting a narrow, medicalised view. We have structured this paper within a social model of disability and the sentiments expressed in the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) in considering the current issues and setting out our 12 recommendations. This paper discusses NADSN’s observations about the lived experiences of Disabled people during COVID-19. Secondly, it moves to outline COVID-19 and the changing workplace. The paper then moves to a broad discussion concerning safe working practices and policies as we move out of lockdown and beyond.

Dr Hamied Haroon, Chair of NADSN said “this paper is a landmark contribution towards COVID-19 policy formation around university and staff arrangements particularly for disabled staff employed in universities across the UK. NADSN has pulled together the voices, observations and recommendations of disabled employees throughout the country. We are an integral part of the working life and communities in universities across the country, this paper will ensure that we are no longer an afterthought in promoting diverse workforces in higher education.”

COVID-19 Post-Lockdown: Perspectives, Implications and Strategies for Disabled Staff” can be found on Google Docs here.

The Paper is also available as a Word docx and a PDF.

For Further Details

Email: uk.nadsn@gmail.com | Twitter: @nadsn_uk | Facebook: NatAssDSN | Web: nadsn-uk.org

 

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