NADSN Workshop – food for thought!

Members of the NADSN Founding Steering Group recently ran a Workshop at the NADP 2015 International Conference.

The questions from the audience highlighted that organisations still have a long way to go to ensure disability equality and so it’s given the group lots of ‘food for thought’! Thanks to those of you who participated.

Mona Patel noted some of the main points from the Workshop:

  1. How to gain ‘buy-in’ from senior colleagues for establishing networks?: We suggested capturing and analysing E&D data and breaking it down by disability to draw inferences which would provide an evidence-base for exec/management etc.  Holding focus groups with disabled staff or running a survey.
  2. Lack of any disability equality initiatives or cultural change activities within institutions: We talked about benchmarking and how to go about doing this such as Two Ticks and Disability Standard, also about ECU maybe introducing something in the future. We felt that there needed to be something robust enough to get people sitting up and taking action.
  3. Need for guidance especially around protocols for reasonable adjustments: Mona mentioned MMU’s Guidance (for prospective disabled staff, disabled staff and their line managers) which she developed:

Manchester’s National Conference Wins Award

Melanie Sharpe and Hamied Haroon, Co-Chairs of the Disabled Staff Network at The University of Manchester, WON the Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity (Staff)“ at the University’s first ever Making A Difference Awards for Social Responsibility on 7th May 2015!!!

They were nominated by the Equality & Diversity Committee in the University’s Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences for “organising and hosting” the “What Are We Hiding?” National Conference in June 2014! A video describing this award is available on YouTube here. The Faculty published a full article about the Award here.

Make a difference awards 2015 for Manchester University

UWE Bristol DSN Wins Award

Katie Lucking and Liz Moody, Co-Chairs of the Disabled Staff Network at UWE Bristol, won a UWE Staff Award today “for leading culture change for an inclusive working environment for disabled staff and all” and “for their hard work in spreading awareness”. The theme of the award was Inclusivity.

Katie has arranged many internal events on mental health, dyslexia, heart conditions and the Access to Work scheme. The membership of the Network has increased from four to 80 members of staff within the last 14 months!


Hamied connects with Kate Nash OBE

Since launching NADSN, Hamied Haroon has been in close contact with Kate Nash OBE about how our organisations could work more closely and benefit each other. A breif blog about NADSN and Hamied features on the Kate Nash Associates (KNA) website.

Kate very kindly invited disabled leaders in NADSN to be part of KNA’s Purple Space initiative! Hamied was thrilled to meet with Kate in person on 27th May 2015 in London! Hamied contributed some quotes for Kate’s forthcoming publication …