24 Aug 2021| Online

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Tuesday, 24th August 2021| Online

The business case for disability inclusivity is clear; employees with disabilities bring unique perspectives, resilience and problem-solving abilities to workplaces. Just 1 in 2 people with disabilities are in work, however, compared with over 80% of the non-disabled population, representing a vast pool of untapped talent

The current shift towards working from home and the organisational changes brought about by COVID-19 present a unique chance to overhaul workplace policy and culture to better support and include staff with disabilities. It is crucial that organisations seize this opportunity to foster greater disability-inclusivity.  

At our upcoming 'Managing Disability at Work' event, you will foster a better understanding of disability and the steps needed to become a disability-confident employer. You will also come away with a crucial understanding of employer responsibilities as staff work remotely. 

This event is partnered with Business Disability Forum and PurpleSpace. For further information, please visit our Partners page here

Please note that video recordings of all sessions will be made available to delegates following the event. 

Click here to view the agenda.

Why attend?
  • Learn how to recruit, manage and support staff with disabilities, ensuring that they have equal opportunities to progress and flourish within your organisation
  • Bring new, innovative ideas on increasing and supporting disability in your workplace back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear from leading figures about how to educate staff and foster understanding of disability within your organisation
  • Enjoy an opportunity to engage with expert speakers and your peers
  • Receive on-demand video recordings and speaker presentations for your reference after the event 

  • This event is CPD certified, and contributes to your professional development

Key Speakers:
  • Ben Merrick, Deputy Civil Service Disability Champion; Director of the Overseas Territories ​Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  • Kamran Mallick, CEO, Disability Rights UK 

  • Karen Jackson, Founder-Director, didlaw

  • Jen Rooney, Founder, The Wellbeing Tortoise

  • Daniel Cadey, Senior Disability Business Partners, Business Disability Forum

  • Trishna Bharadia, Translator and Health Advocate

  • Kate Nash OBE, Founder & CEO, PurpleSpace 

  • Mark Russell, Inclusion, Diversity & Social Equality Advisor, KPMG

  • Paul White, Chief Executive Officer, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme

Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in creating a disability-friendly workplace, including: employers; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions; and representative groups.


Public Sector rate: 1 Place £195 (+VAT) | 4+ Places £150 each (+VAT)
Corporate rate: 1 Place £395 (+VAT)
Charity rate: 1 Place £145 (+VAT)

Registrations can be made online here.

For any queries or to request a booking form, please email conference.admin@dodsgroup.com.


Please find the full agenda below:

Welcome from Dods D&I
Chair's introduction

CHAIR: Kate Nash OBE, Founder & CEO, PurpleSpace 

Understanding Disability at Work, using the Equality Act and the Social Model
  • Using the Social Model to educate staff and better understand disability
  • Addressing common barriers to disabled people's employment
  • Equality Act: rights, responsibilities and definitions

SPEAKER: Kamran Mallick, CEO, Disability Rights UK 

SPEAKER: Karen Jackson, Founder-Director, didlaw

Comfort Break
Interactive Session:
Supporting disabled staff to work from home
  • Understanding duty of care when working remotely
  • Simply adjustment and assistive technology which can make all the difference
  • Best practice for managing and supporting disabled staff remotely
  • Lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic

SPEAKER: Jen Rooney, Founder, The Wellbeing Tortoise

Comfort Break
Case Study:
Leading the way: becoming a Disability Confident employer
  • The business case for becoming a Disability Confident Employer
  • Disability-friendly hiring: inclusive communications and non-biased interviewing
  • Using data to drive conversations and ensure accountability and engagement
Comfort Break
Fostering a disability-inclusive culture both in the office and remotely
  • How to support, develop and retain disabled staff
  • Re-framing discussions and examining language around disability
  • Educating staff and changing workplace culture to ensure that disabled staff belong
  • Supporting the mental health of disabled staff

SPEAKER: Daniel Cadey, Senior Disability Business Partners, Business Disability Forum

Break for Lunch
In-depth discussion: Shedding light on hidden disability
  • What is hidden disability?
  • Why your organisation is probably more diverse that you realise
  • Encouraging confidence in disclosing conditions and asking for help

SPEAKER: Paul White, Chief Executive Officer, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme

SPEAKER: Trishna Bharadia, Translator and Health Advocate

SPEAKER: Mark Russell, Inclusion, Diversity & Social Equality Advisor, KPMG

Comfort Break
Keynote Address:
Disability at Work: Enabling staff to achieve their potential

SPEAKER: Ben Merrick, Deputy Civil Service Disability Champion; Director of the Overseas Territories Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Chair's Closing Remarks

CHAIR: Kate Nash OBE, Founder & CEO, PurpleSpace 

Event Close