What is Accreditation?
[Overview of the Scheme will be added asap]
Aims for the Accreditation Scheme
- provide individual members with formal, external recognition that they have reached a certain level of professional practice
- help disability professionals to develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes and critical powers
- encourage critical reflections on current practices both in their base institution and more widely
- promote increased collaboration between disability professionals
- identify and disseminate good practices
- contribute to the enhancement of quality standards in disability services across the post-compulsory education sector
- contribute to raising the status of and recognition for the roles and responsibilities associated with the work of disability professionals
- provide a set of benchmark standards for the sector
All fully paid members of NADP are eligible to apply for Accredited Member status. However, we recognise that applicants will find it hard to gain accreditation without having a fair amount of experience of working in a context that involves supporting disabled people (i.e. at least 3 years full time equivalent, of which at least one year will have been in an FE/HE context supporting disabled students and staff ).
Those that wish to seek Senior Accredited Member status will have significant experience (i.e. at least 5 years full time equivalent, of which at least three years will have been in an FE/HE context supporting disabled students and staff ). They may or may not be managing aspects of a service within their institutions but we would need to see that they have/ have had influence on policy and/or practice change within the context in which they work.
Non-members are not eligible to apply for the Accredited Member scheme.