Week 9: Wednesday 19th August

Video: to be confirmed

Video released Wednesday 19th August

Webinar 14:00 – 15:00

Please book using this link (not yet available)

“Teamwork makes the dream work” – academics and disability teams working collaboratively

Idalina Rodrigues, Senior Lecturer, Faculty Health & Life Sciences, De Montfort University

Rachel Davies, Course Specific Initiatives Officer, De Montfort University

A key element of De Montfort University’s UDL approach is the embedding of support from the Student Welfare team within taught programmes. In this workshop we will describe how the Disability Advice & Support team work collaboratively with academic staff from the Speech & Language Therapy course team to support students’ wellbeing, and in particular how we support disabled students to access and succeed on work placements.

We will describe our model for collaborative working, including:

  • Identification of individual and cohort support needs;
  • Development & delivery of embedded support workshops;
  • Work with placement teams & employers to provide accessible placements

We will reflect on the challenges and benefits of working collaboratively, including:

  • How the knowledge of academic colleagues about individual and cohort support needs enables better targeted disability support;
  • What needs to be in place institutionally & at programme level for colleagues to work collaboratively in this way;
  • How a closer understanding of course content and placement requirements supports disability teams to advise on reasonable adjustments;