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Event: Disabled Students at University – Facilities, Support Services and the Impact of Funding Changes (January, 2017; London, UK)

Event: Disabled Students at University – Facilities, Support Services and the Impact of Funding Changes

Date: Thursday, 26th January 2017

Place: Central London

*** this event is CPD certified ***

Timed to follow the reform of the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) – which includes a significant reduction in the range of support which can be funded and is due for introduction in September 2016 – this seminar will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the immediate impact of the changes as well as steps that can be taken to address further challenges for disabled students’ in Higher Education. Planned sessions will look at the accessibility of campuses, examples of best practice in providing facilities and support services for disabled students – particularly in light of the funding reforms – as well as what more can be done to increase the number of disabled people entering HE in the first instance.

We expect attendees to include university and college leaders and support staff, deans and senior teaching staff; senior representatives from within the NHS and private support providers; assistive technology providers; lawyers; architects, university estates directors, construction companies and others involved in campus design and students’ and lecturers’ unions.

Sarah Howls, Head of Student Opportunity, HEFCE; Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton and Chair, The Disabled Students Sector Leadership Group and Paul Williams, Deputy Director, Student Funding Policy, Department for Education have agreed to deliver keynote addresses. Chris Brill, Senior Policy Advisor, Equality Challenge Unit; Dr John Conway, Principal Lecturer & Disability Officer, Royal Agricultural University and Director, National Association of Disability Practitioners; James Elliott, Disabled Students Officer, NUS; John Lamb, Executive Director, British Assistive Technology Association; Mei-Yee Man Oram, Senior Consultant, Accessible Environments and Co-Lead, Accessible Environments Team, ARUP and Liz Sayce, Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK have also agreed to speak at this seminar, as well as a senior speaker confirmed from the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.

Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Disability and Lord Holmes of Richmond, Disability Commissioner, Equality and Human Rights Commission have agreed to chair this seminar.

Link for more info: www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/event.php?eid=1298&t=17783

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