Member Webinars

The idea of these webinars is that we can support each other by sharing knowledge and experience as well as enhancing CPD opportunities for our members.

Please note that the views, information, or opinions expressed during the interviews and conference presentations are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of NADP.

Members-Only Webinars in 2022

1. Decolonising Disability Services (CPD Accredited)

This webinar was held on Wednesday 25th May 2022 and hosted by Rachel Davies. Please navigate to the members’ area to access the recording and transcript. If you would like to receive official CPD points and a certificate, please complete the feedback form with a short reflection on your thoughts about the webinar.

2. Information Event – Abrahart vs University of Bristol ruling

Universities and colleges are currently examining the findings of Judge Ralton in the Abrahart vs University of Bristol County Court judgement. This case clearly has hugely significant implications for HE providers and possibly other types of education provider too.

Many Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are putting task forces together to consider how they will respond as institutions and NADP produced a briefing document last week (see references).

In order to support members, we are now organising an online meeting for Heads of Service or their representatives (one per institution please) on Monday 6th June at 13:00-14:30.

Please sign in to the website and navigate to the members area to book a place.

3. New and Recently Appointed Disability Advisers

NADP is delighted to welcome new and recently appointed disability practitioners at any level to our new ‘Members’ Lunchtime Networking’ on Wednesday 21st September 2022 in a lunchtime slot from 12:30 to 13:30.

Book from the members’ area of the website. Sign in to the website then navigate to the members area page

Our first networking event is aimed at disability practitioners who have been in post for three years or less, and provides opportunity to:

  • Increase your network
  • Share your experience and knowledge with others
  • Familiarise yourself with NADP 
  • Learn more about the HE disability sector 
  • Ask those burning questions!

The event will be hosted by Caroline Huntley, Chair of NADP, with Brian Lutchmiah from Diversity and Ability who is a past Chair of NADP. Members of the office team will also be there to assist with any questions, and assist you to understand how to get the best out of your NADP membership.’

Members-Only Webinars in 2021

1. Working Effectively online with Autistic University Students

This webinar was held on Tuesday 30th March 2021. Please navigate to the members’ area to access the recording and transcript.

2. 20th Anniversary of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (SENDA)

This webinar was held on Wednesday 15th September 2021. Please navigate to the members area of the website to access the recording and transcript.

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 (SENDA) established legal rights for disabled students in pre- and post-16 education.The Act introduced the right for disabled students not to be discriminated against in education, training and any services provided wholly or mainly for students, and for those enrolled on courses provided by ‘responsible bodies’, including further and higher education institutions and sixth form colleges.

Additional Material

Mark Pimm is the Disability Service Manager at Birkbeck, University of London. Mark approached NADP with the proposal that we should organise a celebration for the 20th anniversary of SENDA. We thought this was a great idea and Mark has produced a fabulous podcast for you all to listen to in preparation for the webinar. Mark is blind and studied at university during the period of the introduction of SENDA. Follow the link for the podcast and the transcription:

Pat Keaveney is dyslexic and studied at school and university pre-SENDA and during its inception. Talking with Jo Wrigley, he describes his experiences at school and university during this important period of time. Follow the link for the podcast and the transcription:

Lord David Blunkett is currently a Member of the House of Lords but, as Education Secretary, he provided large scale investment in universities including supporting their initiatives to increase disability support and establishing the Disability Rights Commission. Lord Blunkett has recorded a video as a welcome to the webinar.