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Cardiff University conference: Closing Disability Gaps at Work

Cardiff University is hosting a conference, ‘Closing Disability Gaps at Work’, on Tuesday 13 December 2016 at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace (British Academy), London SW1Y 5AH.

The UK Government’s Work and Health Unit aims to improve employment outcomes for working-age people in Great Britain who have, or may acquire, health conditions and disabilities. The Unit leads the Government’s strategy to halve the disability employment gap where past and existing polices and approaches have failed. This timely conference brings together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners to contribute to the debate about how this goal can be achieved. Along with officials from the Work and Health Unit there will be representation from disability charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Disability Rights UK, Disability Wales, and from Irwin Mitchell, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Trades Union Congress and the College of Occupational Therapists. Plenary sessions include:

  • How do we gather accurate data on the disability employment gap and on the quality of the experience disabled people have when they find work?
  • How do we overcome the problem of employers discriminating by default because of the difficulties they face in applying the law on disability in employment?
  • How can we make best use of the resources of trade unions and occupational health professionals to close the disability gaps?

The delegate fee of £45 will include lunch, refreshments and copies of the report Closing Disability Gaps at Work, produced by Cardiff University Researchers.

Guidance on how to register for the conference will be provided as soon as possible. If, in the meantime, you have any questions about the conference please do e-mail socsi-events@cardiff.ac.uk.


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