The Commission for Disabled Staff in Lifelong Learning, coordinated by NIACE, aims to investigate and report on current practices in the employment of disabled people in order to make recommendations that positively influence culture and practice and promote career opportunities for disabled people.
The interim report of the Commission was launched in September 2007. This report details the findings so far and highlights issues relating to the inequalities experienced by some disabled staff working in the lifelong learning sector.
The interim report is out to consultation until 7 December 2007. Everybody with an interest in disability issues in the lifelong learning sector is urged to respond to the consultation to advise whether the Commission has identified the key issues affecting disabled staff and what other issues should be explored and highlighted.
The Commission is also collecting evidence about personal experiences and employment practices through questionnaires until 16 November 2007.
In particular, the Commission wants to hear more about part-time and agency staff; people with mental health difficulties; people from black and minority ethnic groups; younger disabled staff; less qualified staff; and any instances of promising practice.
To provide evidence for the commission;
* Visit the NIACE website
* Email: Commissionfordisabledstaff@niace.org.uk; or
* Telephone Caroline Law, 0116 204 4249.
What do we mean by ‘Disabled staff?’
We are using a broad definition to include physical, sensory and cognitive impairments, mental health difficulties, long-term health conditions, learning disabilities and neurodiversity, learning differences or difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.
What do we mean by ‘Lifelong Learning?’
We want to include all organisations which provide education and training in the post-compulsory education sector including Further Education, Adult and Community Learning, Work-Based Learning, Higher Education, museums, libraries and others.
Conferences and reports
A conference to launch the final report of the Commission for Disabled Staff in Lifelong Learning will take place in London on 5 March 2008. To find out more visit NIACE Conferences