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Global Conference 2022

Scotland Conference 2021

Members and Partners can view the longer sessions here (day one and two) and here (webinar).

Annual Conference 2021


In June 2021, we held our Annual London Conference “Disability: What’s New What’s Next”.

Our first panel session “Everything you always wanted to know about disability inclusion but were afraid to ask” included an expert line up from our Business Disability Forum team including Diane Lightfoot, Adrian Ward, Davina Critchley, Fleur Donnelly-Jackson and Emily Jackson answering your queries.

We were then joined by Sandra Kerr from BITC sharing “What’s New in Diversity & Inclusion”, discussing their findings and new guidance on race and mental health with insights for organisations to share for D&I planning.

We explored “Perceptions vs reality – how far have we really come?” with Dominic King from Accenture, who shared fascinating research findings as well as a great panel.

And we explored intersectionality and disability in the next decade looking at “What’s Next in Diversity & Inclusion”.

Take a look below to see our highlights video:

Our CEO and host on the day Diane Lightfoot has a great annual conference round-up of the event, and once again thank you to our sponsors HSBC and panellists and speakers Adrian Ward, Alia Cooper, Davina Critchley, Dennis Howard, Dominic King, Emily Jackson, Fleur Donnelly-Jackson, Kathryn Swallow, LaMondre Pough, Samantha Renke, Sandra Kerr, Simon Minty, Stefan Springham, Tolulope Oke.

Business Disability Forum Members and Partners can access the Conference full video sessions. Find out how to become a Member or Partner.

If you are interested in our 2021 Disability Smart Awards, please read more information about the categories and how to enter.

Global Symposium 2021

Our Global Symposium saw four days of events including webinars, roundtables, fireside chats and panels to debate the hot topics on global disability inclusion and to launch some great new resources to support you in your global Disability Smart journey.

Global Symposium Day 1 round-up

Global Symposium Day 2 round-up

Global Symposium Day 3 round-up

Global Symposium Day 4 round-up

View our two new global reports:

Collecting Global Employee Disability Data

Through the Global employee disability data research, we aimed to understand the reasons global organisations gather employee disability data, the common challenges associated with its collection and also to highlight the things that have been helpful to any progress organisations have been able to make.

This research has been undertaken in partnership with Business Disability Forum’s Global Disability Data Working Group (Working Group), a dedicated subgroup of our Global Taskforce, whose purpose is to uncover key challenges and promote best practices associated with the collection of employee disability data worldwide.

Global Workplace Adjustments

We spoke to several global organisations to understand their current practices in global workplace adjustments. The findings are summarised in the Global workplace adjustments report, as follows:

  • Discussion of considerations from global organisations
  • Three-stage approach to current practice
  • Recommendations

This report also includes case studies kindly provided by Member and Partner organisations.

People standing and talking at BDF event

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