Lord Kevin Shinkwin chairs Round Table on Growth Sectors at The Shard

Lord Kevin Shinkwin chairs Round Table on Growth Sectors at The Shard

The Disability Rights UK and Disability@Work “Growth sectors” round table event on 14th December 2017 sought to promote the recommendations in the ‘Growth Areas of the Economy’ chapter of the Ahead of the Arc report to policy-and practice-makers in the public and private sectors. The event was hosted at Warwick Business School at The Shard, with participants including representatives from the public sector, the Director of the Work and Health Unit, several Sector Champions, the Department for Work and Pensions’ Access to Work Strategy Lead, and representatives from Social Enterprise UK, Pearson UK, Inclusive Talent, the Manufacturers’ Organisation (EEF), and the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA). Sally Benton presented the work that the Design Council have been undertaking with regard to dyslexic designers, and to push debate on from access issues alone. Participants were asked about the specific plans in their sector to ensure the inclusion of disabled people. The invisibility of disability was identified as a key barrier with new approaches needed to bring hidden aspects of disability into the open. Participants committed to a follow-up event to share their experience of trying develop and realise these new approaches. Disability Rights UK and Disability@Work are supporting continued dialogue, including plans for a follow-up round table event in the months ahead.

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