Matters of 'access' and 'disability'
 
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This webinar brings together some significant voices from the field of ‘disability and education’. 

Speakers are practitioners, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and allies who believe that for equality to exist in education there needs to be both systemic and cultural change. We will raise questions and provide insights into the realities of ableism in education and the impact it has. We will also engage delegates with the question what needs to change, how and where and we look forward to exploring shared insights and productive answers. We believe that equity and partnership need to frame what we do and for what purpose in education, we also see change as a collective endeavour, where grass roots and user voices must play a central role.

Each of the panellists will speak for approximately 15 minutes on their areas of expertise.

Programme

10:00-10:05 | Dr Suanne Gibson, Associate Professor, Plymouth Institute of Education, University of Plymouth - Opening and housekeeping

10:05-10:20 | Mette Westander, Founding Director, Disabled Students UK (DSUK) - 'Going back is not a choice - accessibility lessons for higher education'

10:20-10:35 | Lord Chris Holmes of Richmond MBE - 'Disabled Students’ Allowance: enabling through degrees?'

10:35-10:50 | Questions

10:50-11:00 | Break

11:05- 11:20 | Kamran Mallick, CEO, Disability Rights UK (DRUK) - 'The failure of the National Disability Strategy'

11:20-11:35 | Miss Cara Baer, Doctoral Teaching Assistant, Plymouth Institute of Education, University of Plymouth - 'A space for partnership and empowerment: how the Writing Café negotiates the inclusion gaps in higher education'

11:35-11:45 | Dr Suanne Gibson, Associate Professor, Plymouth Institute of Education, University of Plymouth - 'Students as core: a time for change in the higher education discourse and practice of 'Widening participation’ and ‘Inclusion’'

11:45-12:00 | Questions

12:00-12:15 | Coffee break

12:15-12:45 | Wider discussion with the speakers

12:45-13:00 | Thanks, follow-up plans and close

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