Virtual Conference 2020

Supporting Disabled Students; Supporting Ourselves

We have a full programme of events planned for you running every Wednesday throughout the summer from the 24th June.

All events will be free of charge.

There are videos to watch, live webinars with the ability to submit questions and also a networking event for you to participate in at the end of the conference.

The videos are all captioned and can be watched from the website or directly from YouTube, if this is easier.

The live webinars are delivered via Zoom and will be recorded for later availability.

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Welcome Message from Brian Lutchmiah, Chair of NADP

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A warm welcome to our 21st Annual Conference!

This is certainly a different format this year, and given the national context at present, we aim to ensure that the format offered ensures you are able to plan and access conference sessions over a 10 week timeframe, each Wednesday!

We never thought we would be in this position back in January when we opened bookings for Conference though here we are, and in adjusting swiftly, we have managed to retain a fantastic line up of speakers for you. Our sincere gratitude goes to our speakers, who have agreed to convert their presentations to an online format over the last few weeks.   

At the time, we did not know how much we were going to need to support each other in the move to working from home at the same time as educating our families whilst coping with the national restrictions in place. NADP also developed some resources to help, and these are still available on our Covid-19 resources hub for you to access freely.

We started planning this conference with the joint aims of looking at best practice in supporting disabled students, with additional focus on how we support ourselves in the process ensuring a consistent quality of support to others. Your wellbeing is important to us.

This conference intends to provide you with opportunity to access quality speakers in your own time. We are aiming to do this by providing videos and webinars for you each week from Wednesday 24 June 2020 through to Wednesday 26 August 2020. We trust that you will be able to join us in the webinars, noting it will also be possible for you to watch them later in video format as sessions will be recorded.

Given the current challenges across the sector, our aim for the conference is to be free to all, and there will be no subsequent charge to attend any of the events. The only cost associated is with your time, and I trust that it will be time well spent.

As we are aiming to deliver the conference as cost neutrally as possible, we will be managing accessibility internally with captioned videos and webinars. In doing so, please bear with us and do let us know if you have any particular problems, which we will try to solve as soon as we can. In providing a virtual conference in this way, we too are learning fast and your feedback as a valued membership is highly welcomed in the process, as always.

 Lastly, at the conference end in Week 10, we will be scheduling an opportunity to collectively raise a glass of wine, a gin and tonic, tea or coffee at a closing networking event. Do please join our toast together at this event.

A toast to you, a toast to NADP and a toast to our work with disabled students. Do however note, you will need to provide your own drink for the occasion!

Have a fabulous conference experience all and join us in our festivities in a landmark 21st Anniversary year for the National Association of Disability Practitioners. One to remember!

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Running order of the Conference

Please select the week/date to see the event details and book a place on the webinar.

Week 1
Wednesday 24th June

All material online
Video 1: Message from the NADP Chair: Brian Lutchmiah
Video 2: Message from our president, Jess Thom, Tourettes' Hero
The intersectionality of SpLD diagnosis and D&A’s support
The Diversity & Ability team
Week 2
Wednesday 1st July

All material online
Video: Managing self and others through change. Glenys Wilson, senior clinical psychologist.14:00-15:00
Creating a digital pathway to support and success for international students
Amy Low and Adam Tweed, AbilityNet & Mike Chung UCL
Week 3
Wednesday 8th July

All material online
The Disabled Students' Commission
Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton and Chair of the Disabled Students' Commission
14:00 - 15:00
Inclusive Mobility – Making study abroad programmes more inclusive for students with disabilities
Valerie van Hees & Dominique Montagnese, SIHO & LINK partner
Week 4
Wednesday 15th July

All material online
Disability Language is Affecting Our Students
Lynn Wilson
Accessing Fulfilling Careers: Maximising the chances of your students transitioning into employment.
Helen Cooke and Emma Knox, MyPlus
Week 5
Wednesday 22nd July

All material online
Video 1: How a social model approach supports innovation and collaboration
Jenny Alsop & Carys Kennedy, University of the Arts, London
Video 2: Early Arrival Programme for Autistic Students
Kathryn Fisher & Ros Holmes, University of Warwick
Joined up thinking and collaborative working to increase effectiveness and create a mutually supportive environment
Professor Nicola Martin, London South Bank University
Week 6
Wednesday 29th July

All material online
Video 1: The new NADP Accreditation Scheme
Paddy Turner, Chair of the NADP Accreditation Committee
Video 2: NADP Report launch: The Wellbeing of Disability Professionals in the Further and Higher Education Workplace
Lynn Wilson, on behalf of the NADP Publications, Research and Ethics Standing Committee
14:00 - 15:00
Audio feedback. A useful approach for the inclusive curriculum?
Karl Nightingale, Vikki Anderson & Susan Onens, University of Birmingham
Week 7
Wednesday 5th August

All material online
Video 1: Guidance for Institutions Supporting Deaf and Hearing Impaired Students
Martin McLean, NDCS
Video 2: Guidance for Institutions Supporting Blind and Visually Impaired Students
Thomas Pocklington Trust
14:00 - 15:00
Enabling Student Choice and Voice
Patrick McGrath, Texthelp
Week 8
Wednesday 12th August

All material online
Video: Supporting Remote Accessibility
Video: Caption.Ed information
14:00 - 15:00
Exploring and strengthening the role of disability officers in a changing landscape
Dara Ryder & Lorraine Gallagher, AHEAD Ireland
Week 9 Wednesday 19th August
All material online
Video 1: The accessibility revolution in assistive technology, and what it means for us.
Rich Nind, Sheffield Hallam University
Video 2: Modernising Solent University’s disability service for the new decade
Alexandra Banks & Rebecca Harris, Solent University
‘Teamwork makes the dream work’- Academics and disability teams working collaboratively.
Idalina Rodrigues & Rachel Davies, De Montfort University
Week 10 Wednesday 26th August
All webinar material online - preparing networking page
Video 1: NADP Awards – Martin Smith and the NADP Awards Panel
Video 2: What is LINK?
Video 3: Concluding Remarks - Brian Lutchmiah, Chair of NADP
14:00 - 15:00
A potential new system approach to improving students’ mental health – NHS and Universities partnership
David Rose, NHS South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP) and Sue Tarhan, Goldsmiths, University of London
15:00 - 16:00
Networking Event - what have we all done to support ourselves in lockdown and working from home?

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