Scottish conference - Disability and beyond: All of me

Scottish conference disability and beyond all of me.

The year 2020 is nearly upon us and with it comes time to reflect whether the laws and attitudes of past decades are fit for the future.

According to stats from St Andrews University “around one fifth of Scotland's population – one million people – define themselves as disabled”

And as well as being disabled, we are also men, women, black, white, Asian, gay, straight, cis- or transgender.

Join Business Disability Forum as we discuss the intersections between disability and other protected and unprotected characteristics of people.

We’ll look at whether the Equality Act 2010 and the way in which organisations compartmentalise people by protected characteristics will continue to work in 2020 – and beyond – or if things need to change.

This conference will take place on Thursday 30 January 2020, following on from the successful Scottish conferences in 2017 and 2018, once again hosted by the Royal Bank of Scotland at their impressive Gogarburn Headquarters in Edinburgh.

We’ll discuss themes such as:

Is the Equality Act 2010 fit for 2020?

The Equality Act is ten years old and 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of its predecessor, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Does the legislation reflect modern society? In a time when identity is increasingly fluid, is protection by single characteristic enough or is it time to consider dual discrimination once again? High profile cases of older women arguing that they are being treated less favourably than men of similar ages begs the question if that is true in other areas as well. How different is the experience of disabled women from disabled men or black and ethnic minority disabled people compared to their white counterparts?

Join us as we discuss: How can we effectively help those with multiple protected and unprotected characteristics who are facing discrimination?                                                                                             

Too hot to handle? Women of a certain age

While almost all women go through the menopause at some stage, it remains widely taboo to talk about it.

Most women experiencing the menopause will still be working and indeed are likely to be some of your most valued employees, yet a 2018 survey by the BBC found that 70% of women had not spoken to their employers about their often disabling symptoms. Nearly half the women in the BBC survey said that the menopause affected their mental health and a quarter said they wanted to stay at home.

Hear Lauren Chiren from Women of a Certain Stage speak about her own experience of the menopause the work she now does with women of a certain age.                                                                                        

All of us – accessible tourism in Scotland

Disabled people want to travel, dine and holiday with their family, friends and colleagues and according to Visit Scotland, 54% of people with access requirements will avoid attractions and accommodations if they can't find accessibility information, 83% of disabled travellers tell others about their experience and 49% share their experience on social media, so it pays to be disability-smart https://www.visitscotland.org/supporting-your-business/marketing-toolkits/accessible-inclusive-tourism

In this session Robin Shepherd CEO of Bespoke Hotels, Jan Kerr of Homelands and Moira Henderson of The Rings in Fife discuss why so few hotels and holiday apartments are accessible for disabled visitors, what they have done to address this and how this has impacted their businesses.

So join us on what promises to be a packed day filled with insights and thoughts on the future of disability and intersecting characteristics in Scotland – and beyond.

And fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe this year we have Juliette Burton who will provide our post-lunch food for thought comedy.

Generous support from the Royal Bank of Scotland means that we are able to offer places at this conference free of charge. Early booking is however recommended.

Further information can be found on the Business Disability Forum registration page

Further speakers will be announced in the lead up to the conference and this agenda is subject to change prior to finalising the agenda.

We welcome:

HR leads

Diversity and inclusion leads and practitioners

Those working in hospitality in Scotland

Those involved in workplace people strategies

Meet our speakers

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Michael Macinnes, HR Performance Consultant, The Royal Bank of Scotland

Bela Gor, Head of Events, Campaigns & Legal at Business Disability Forum

Robin Sheppard, Hotelier

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David Hanlan, HR Professional - Scottish Water

Lauren Chiren, Founder - Women of a certain age

Dr Wolfgang Seidl, Partner and Leader Workplace Health Consulting UK and Europe - Mercer Marsh

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Diane Lightfoot, CEO at Business Disability Forum

Brendan Roach, Global Taskforce & Partner Development Manager

Jan Kerr, Secretary and Trustee, Homelands Trust-Fife

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Juliette Burton, Award-winning performer, writer, presenter and broadcast journalist.

Moira Henderson, Partner at M C Henderson