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Disability – The New Ability

  • 20th September 2017
  • 09:30 - 13:00
  • DWF, 1 Scott Place, 2 Hardman Street, Manchester M3 3AA

This is a free event, however there will be a £50 plus VAT admin charge for non-attendance or cancellations received less than 5 days prior to the event.

One in six people in the UK have a disability – why are those numbers not reflected in our workforces?  Progress in tackling this has been limited.

This event brings together leading thinkers and experts to explore the key issues and challenges facing employers in relation to attracting, recruiting, retaining and developing those with disabilities in the workplace. This conference provides an opportunity to share best practice on a range of disability related issues including mental health, autism and reasonable adjustments.   Delegates can discuss their challenges and learn about other organisations and their industry’s approaches.   The event will bring together up to 70 attendees from the private and public sectors.

You will:

  • Hear from well-known specialists in disability
  • Understand the hard facts of the face of disability in the UK
  • Increase your awareness of employing those with autism and mental health issues in the workplace
  • Understand how to approach disability related reasonable adjustments in the workplace
  • Explore the impact of disability in the workplace
  • There will be a networking opportunity to discuss approaches with other delegates
  • As with other enei events you will leave equipped to help you progress your disability related strategy

Who Should Attend?

  • Members & Potential Members interested in disability.
  • Employee disability network members
  • HR professionals





09:30 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


Kirsty Rogers, DWF

10:00 - 10:20

Autism – A Sensory Experience

Daniel Aherne, Adjust Training Services

10:20 - 10:40

DWF case study

Gail Taylor, Diversity & Community Engagement Manager, DWF

10:40 - 11:00

Are you disabled yet?

Becky Brooks, Member Engagement Manager, enei

11:00 - 11:30

Refreshments and networking

11:30 - 12:00

Mental health at work is a top priority

The miracle is happening. How close is your organisation to making this a reality? In her presentation, Amy McDonald, Founder and CEO of Headtorch, will focus on:

  • why striving to achieve a mentally healthy workplace makes business, legal and moral sense
  • what develops confidence to have a supportive conversation
  • how to create an empathetic culture from the top down

12:00 - 12:30

Keynote speaker

Reasonable adjustments a practical framework for best practice - Graeme K Whippy, MBE, GKW Ltd & Channel 4

12:30 - 13:00

Lunch and networking