The University recognises the power of Staff Networks, these groups provide an opportunity for staff to connect, socialise, support one another, and discuss issues of relevance to their communities.
Staff Networks are run by and for the members, with administrative support from the ED&I team. We aim for each Staff Network to be led by a Chair, the key intention behind this role being to embed ownership of the Network within the membership and take a lead on the development of the Network.
The Chairs of the Disabled Staff Network are Jane Andrews and Jenny Wheeler, you can contact them on Jane dot Andrews at warwick dot ac dot uk and J dot Wheeler dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk.
If you are interested in learning more about the Disabled Staff Network and can't find what you need here, contact us and let us know.
The purposes of the Network are:
- To support positive change for staff with disabilities where we each work and more broadly across the University.
- To feed back in to the Network and to the ED&I team after every meeting.
- To be a central group where any developments across the University can be examined from the point of view of staff with disabilities (e.g. new legal requirements being phased in to make all webpages compliant with accessibility standards).
- To promote the concept of inclusive design i.e. design that includes diversity and accessibility from the start and thus improves quality of life for everyone; adaptations can be useful for many people and encourage innovation.
The Disabled Staff Network is open to all staff members with an interest in making the University a more accessible place for all. It welcomes any member of staff with an interest in creating a more inclusive environment whether or not they have a disability themselves.
- Join the distribution list - this is a JiscMail list which allows members to email one another easily.
- Attend a meeting to hear updates on disability equality and accessibility work at Warwick (see meeting dates below).
- If you do not have a disability but care for someone who does, you might consider attending the Carers Staff Network.
The dates/times for meetings during academic year 2019/20 are as follows:
- Tuesday 5 November 2019, 1 - 2pm, at OC1.03, Oculus (find OC1.03 on the campus map).
- Friday 21 February 2020, 1 - 2pm, at R1.03, Ramphal (find R1.03 on the campus map).
- Tuesday 19 May 2020, 1 - 2pm, at R0.03, Ramphal (find R0.03 on the campus map).
Sources of Information and Support
- Employee Assistance Programme.
- Disability Services - support for students.
- Business Disability Forum Knowledge Hub.
- Car Parking - Blue Badge Holders and Access Difficulties.
- HIV Guidelines .
- Text Help Read & Write Gold.
- Accessibility and IT Facilities.
Estates Accessibility Team - subscribe to receive updates about accessibility on campus.
Business Disability Forum Member Resources - the toolkits, factsheets, case studies, videos, and webinars on this website will help you to understand more about how to deliver disability-smart business.
- Protected Characteristic Factsheets - Disability .
- Guidance documents:
- Macmillan Cancer Support.
- Alzheimer's Society - Creating a Dementia Friendly Workplace .
- Business Disability Forum Neurodiversity Toolkit.
- Resources on autism:
- The National Autistic Society:
You may also be interested in:
Disability Framework (workplace adjustments)
Taskforces and SIC - including Disability Taskforce
Policies - including Disability and Mental Health Policy
Initiatives - including our booklet 'The Most Important Things People Want You To Know About Disability & Caring'
Training, Guidance, and Resources - including Disability Awareness training, Disability Guidance for line managers, and a collection of Disability Awareness Moodles
Charters - including Disability Standard