Our 2016 conference
Business Disability Forum conference 2016
Business Disability Forum’s (BDF’s) 2016 conference took place on 20 April 2016. The main topic of the day was the recruitment and retention of disabled talent. Based on our research findings in our report ‘State of the Nation: Retaining and Developing Employees with Disabilities’, the conference featured a full agenda of speakers, panel discussion and workshops led by employers and specialists from our membership, sharing what works in retaining and recruiting employees with disabilities and long term health conditions.
News and press releases about the conference
- Press release 21 April 2016: Business Disability Forum launch new toolkit on retaining disabled employees
- Press release 4 April 2016: Minister for Disabled People to open Business Disability Forum's 2016 conference
- Press release 17 March 2016: Ingeus announced as sponsor of 2016 Business Disability Forum conference and Retention Toolkit
- Press release 24 February 2016: Claire Harvey Paralympian and Senior Inclusive Leadership Consultant at KPMG announced as keynote speaker at Business Disability Forum Conference 2016
- Press release 15 February 2016: Business Disability Forum announce 2016 conference: recruiting and retaining disabled employees sponsored by Microlink
Our photos from the event can be viewed on our Facebook page.
Our afternoon workshops on disability confidence were led by Lloyds Banking Group and Kate Nash OBE.
"Using work experience to improve disability confidence"
Delegates heard about how Lloyds Banking Group used DWEP (Disability Work Experience Programme) in collaboration with Remploy to boost disability confidence and help disabled people build their skills and readiness for work, enhancing future employability. Table discussion focused around the value of such placements, barriers and challenges and gave the delegates the chance to share experiences of targeted development programmes.
"Disability confidence - from the inside out"
We all talk about disability confidence, but what does that mean for our disabled employees?
In this workshop, Kate Nash, OBE, Networkologist and Creator of PurpleSpace, helped delegates to think about the “mirror-image” of disability confidence from the perspective of our disabled employees. She drew from the research that came from Secrets & Big News and the work PurpleSpace is doing to create a definition of a ‘disability confident’ individual.
Venue and accessibility
The conference was held at 20 Cavendish Sqaure. 20 Cavendish Square is the headquarters of BDF Member The Royal College of Nursing. Centrally located in Marylebone, the venue is fully accessible and close to transport links.
Business Disability Forum is committed to ensuring that all its products and services are as accessible as possible to everyone, including disabled people. If you wish to discuss anything with regard to accessibility at this event please contact us.