Disability Confident in Action - Unlocking potential and building inclusion

13 October 2021

A virtual conference to support people with disabilities in the workplace.

About this event

Disability Confident in Action - Unlocking potential and building inclusion

 THIS WEEK Wednesday 13th October & Thursday 14th October - 9.00-1.00

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Not long now! We are excited to be hosting this ground-breaking conference. It would be a shame to miss it,

This event builds on our previous conference "Is Your Organisation Disability Confident?" and begins the process of putting into place strategies and assistive technologies that will help to create a disability confident organisation.

Learn how to attract, develop and retain a diverse pool of talented people. The conference will include a series of short and lively presentations that will help you understand how to remove a variety of barriers in your workplace.

BATA welcomes people from all employment sectors to this two-day conference which will take place on consecutive mornings on the 13th & 14th October between 9:00am and 1:00pm.

During the two half day sessions, we will be covering a range of workplace adjustments, finishing up with a take-away framework document, to help promote inclusion in your organisation.


Wednesday 13th October

Support for people in the workplace with communication and sensory barriers

9.00 Welcome – Noel Duffy, Chair, Dolphin Computer Access

9.10 Embedding people with disabilities into your organisation – Steve Tyler, Leonard Cheshire Disability

9.25 Funding the extra cost – Paul Doyle, Bush and Co

9.35 Policy & Legislative Background – Robert McLaren, Policy Connect

9.45 Communication difficulties –this session addresses support of people with Motor Neuron Disease, Cerebral Palsy, MS, Parkinson and others

  • Support practitioner – cultural support and necessary accommodations - Emma Turner, Diversity and Ability
  • AAC demonstration – written and verbal communication - Joe Naraynsingh , Tobii Dynavox

10.30 Break

10.45 Sensory Barriers – supporting people with vision and hearing loss

Visual Impairment

Hearing Impairment

12.00 Workshop – three parallel workshops – each includes a case study, open discussion culminating in a set of actions

  • Communications Tools & Strategies - Adam Hyland & Megan Reed, Diversity and Ability
  • Vision - Robin Spinks, RNIB
  • Hearing - TBC

12.40 Round-up and action plan - Noel Duffy,Chair, Dolphin Computer Access


Thursday 14th October

Neurodiversity and mental health in the workplace

9.00 Introduction – Noel Duffy, Chair, Dolphin Computer Access

9.10 Thinking differently about neuro-diversity in the workplace - Aidan Healy, Lexxic

9.25 Some practical insights to organisational inclusivity - Chris Griffiths, Ayoa

9.40 Neurodiversity (Part i.) - Supporting people with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Autism, ADHD, towards improved outcomes in the workplace

Information processing (reading and writing)

  • Preparing the organisation – creating reading ‘ramps’ - Richard Orme, DAISY Consortium
  • Reading/writing solutions – Desktop – Stuart Blair, Texthelp
  • Reading solutions for paper – PJ Balderstone, Scanning Pens
  • Using digital Dictation systems in a report based environment - Lawrence Howard, Hands Free Computing

10.40 Break

10.55 Neurodiversity (Part ii.) – supporting people to focus, collaborate and manage their emotions

  • Focus - Mind mapping – Liam Pettit, Matchware
  • Collaboration and Focus - Ross McGee, Ayoa
  • Managing emotions - Conor Ward, Brain in Hand

11.30 Mental Health – supporting people in the workplace towards better mental health

  • Having a mentally healthy workplace - Prof. Derek Peters, A-M8 Ltd
  • Mental health management solutions – Brett Griffiths, A-M8 Ltd

12.00 Workshop - four parallel events – each includes a case study, open discussion culminating in a set of actions

  • Creating a neurodiverse organisation – Janine King CEO of iDiversity Consulting Ltd, featuring a case study from Iansyst Ltd with speakers Gill Hudson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion; Mark Woodward, Senior Consultant Workplace Adjustments
  • Explore Information processing - reading, writing and concentration– Liam Petit, Matchware
  • Sensory sensitivity for neurodiverse colleagues– Aidan Healy, Lexxic
  • Mental health in the workplace - TBC

12.40 Round-up and actions plan - Noel Duffy,Chair, Dolphin Computer Access