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
This report also includes case studies kindly provided by Member and Partner organisations.
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Future Events - May 2021
Getting Started on Disability Webinar
We are delighted to be launching a new Getting Started Toolkit and a new Peer Learning Network, sponsored by our Partner Lloyds Banking Group.
Professional Development Webinar: Difficult Conversations
In this practical and interactive session, delegates will discuss and prepare for difficult conversations based on real case studies.
Online Career Development Course
This online training course is suitable for disabled employees who are looking to advance their careers and gain useful skills and knowledge as well as build a network of new contacts at other organisations.
Retail Customer Taskforce
We have scheduled a focused Retail Customer Taskforce focused meeting, where you can talk to individuals in your industry who are also working on resolving any issues that you might need to consider for your disabled colleagues and customers.