Anniversary Conference 2019

Date: 25/06/2019 - 26/06/2019

Location: Chesford Grange Hotel and Conference Centre, Kenilworth, Warwick, CV8 2LD

We are pleased to announce that the National Association of Disability Practitioners Annual Conference 2019 will be held at:

Venue: Chesford Grange Hotel and Conference Centre, Kenilworth, Warwick, CV8 2LD

Dates: Tuesday 25th June 2019 – Wednesday 26th June 2019

NADP, or the National Association of Disability Officers (NADO) as we were at the time, held our inaugural conference, ‘Raising the Standard’ in 1999 and so this year is to be our 20th Anniversary event.

Conference Theme

The focus of the NADP Annual Conference in 2019 is:

‘Enhancing the Student Experience – the full lifecycle’

Students have different needs at different stages requiring a flexible and evolving approach to assist them to feel connected, have a sense of purpose, feel resourceful and competent and achieve.

Our membership and associates dynamically respond to changes in education, systems and student needs with positivity and creativity. We wish to showcase some of these ideas and examples of good practice at this year’s conference.

We’d really like to hear from you so practice can be shared across the sector and beyond. Details of how to submit an abstract for the NADP annual conference 2019 can be found below.

How to submit an abstract for AC2019

NADP invites abstracts which are aimed at sharing experiences of developing or creating new or enhanced practices, policies or processes that come under the following themes:

Innovations in practice

This may include:

  • academic Inclusive Practice initiatives;
  • needs assessment practices;
  • new initiatives for supporting first contact and interviews;
  • running successful pre-entry courses;
  • managing student expectations

Working outside the box

This may include:

  • cross-team working with education developers;
  • developing relationships with external agencies;
  • collaborative working with your library and study support services;
  • building relationships with NMH suppliers or Assessment Centres;
  • collaborative working with other Universities

Evidence-based development

This may include:

  • making use of CPD, how development opportunities have been utilised to change practice as an individual or as a team;
  • research/pilot outcomes that have been used to enable change or development;
  • evaluation of delivery to support change or justify additional resource

Nothing about us without us’

This may include:

  • involving the student voice, listening to and involving students to develop, evaluate and enhance the student experience;
  • student design for inclusive assessment;
  • peer support provision;
  • alumni steering groups;
  • peer to peer disabled student mentoring

Type and length of sessions

We invite abstracts for the following types of workshop sessions and presentations:

  1. Whole Conference Presentations (1 hour)
  • A lecture-style presentation which aims to inform, provoke debate and/or raise questions.
  • Delivery should allow for about 10 minutes of questions from the audience at the end.
  1. Interactive Workshop Sessions (90 mins)
  • A genuinely interactive session which aims to develop delegates understanding, skills and or knowledge through discussion, practise or activity.
  1. Break-Out Group Presentation (45 mins)
  • A lecture-style presentation which aims to provoke debate and/or raise questions.
  • Delivery should aim for 30 mins maximum to allow 15 mins for questions/debate

Your abstract submission should include:

  • A short title of no more than 12 words.
  • A clear statement of your chosen theme from the list above.
  • The name and contact details for the lead presenter, and name of any co-presenters.
  • The names of others involved in any research.
  • The body of the abstract should be up to 500 words.
  • References and diagrams are not required at this stage.

Download full details and submission form here

Please note that the Speaker and one co-presenter, if required, are eligible for a reduced price at the conference.

Deadline for Abstract submissions

Please submit your abstract to by 11am on Monday 17th December 2018 for consideration by the NADP Conference Committee.

Contact us

For further information, or to discuss your submission, please contact the NADP Office on or telephone 0208 263 6220 between 9am and 1pm on weekdays.