Inclusion Summit: Accessibility Forum

Diversity Network
Accessibility Forum

Wednesday 21st April 2021

At Diversity Network's Inclusion Summit: Accessibility Forum, discover new tools and resources to help you create a truly inclusive environment for your workforce, equipping your people with everything they need to thrive.

Inclusive design and accessibility affect everyone. This has been brought into sharp focus during the pandemic, which has shown how ‘normal’ does not work in so many situations – particularly for those with visible, hidden, temporary, or situational disabilities.

There has been a much-needed increased focus on accessibility over the last year. Organisations had to provide new equipment, tools and adjustments for home-based employees, and some discovered there was an untapped pool of talent who may not be able to make it into offices but are able to perform a role to a high standard remotely, potentially helping to address skills gaps in certain sectors.

It is important that accessibility does not fall down the agenda, and that inclusive design for the benefit of all employees and customers continues to be a priority as businesses begin getting ‘back to normal’.

At this exclusive Inclusion Summit on Accessibility, join us for expert advice on embedding accessibility as part of your diversity and inclusion strategy and day-to-day activity, the inclusive design tools and technologies readily available to help you achieve greater accessibility, how disability-focused Employee Resource Groups can help shape workplace inclusion for all, how to effectively support and hire neurodivergent employees, and the best ways to measure results.

This in-depth online event features a mix of insightful presentations, interviews and case studies, a live panel discussion and an interactive meetup session. Discover lots of practical ideas and resources to help you create a truly accessible, inclusive workplace.

  • Discover new software tools and strategies to benefit diversity and inclusion in your organisation
  • Ignite passion for diversity and inclusion initiatives within your organisation and facilitate greater change for good
  • Connect with other professionals also looking to upgrade their D&I strategies and work together to advance change

Agenda

Wednesday 21st April 2021

Rachel Morgan-Trimmer

12pm – 1pm BST

Neurodiversity: Maximise Strengths Of Your Workforce By Providing The Right Support

  • The types of neurodiversity that may exist within your workforce and their characteristics, for example ADHD, autism and dyslexia
  • The strengths and challenges of the various conditions
  • How can hiring and investing in neurodiverse individuals improve your business? Statistics show that neurodiverse people are 30% to 50% more productive than other employees
  • Learn how your entire workplace will benefit from inclusive practices

Rachel Morgan-Trimmer, Neurodiversity Specialist and Co-founder, Inclusively Tech

Yves Veulliet

1pm – 2pm BST

Disability Inclusion: A Global Perspective on Cultural Perceptions

This fireside chat with Yves Veulliet, Global Diverse Abilities & Inclusion Leader at IBM, covers:

  • How and why people with disabilities are perceived in certain ways, and what we can do to challenge our own perceptions and biases
  • Accessibility and disability inclusion are often low on the organisation’s radar when it comes to diversity and inclusion priorities – how can you really drive this forward in your organisation to ensure it is just as important as other elements of D&I?
  • Why it is not enough to simply have accessibility policies and procedures in place in your company
  • Advice on how managers can ensure they are inclusive of employees with disabilities in their team – what steps can you put in place to support them in a way that helps them succeed in their role and feel a sense of belonging?

Yves Veulliet, Global Diverse Abilities Inclusion Leader, IBM

Suzie

2pm – 3pm BST

Inclusive Design: Tools To Make Your Products And Services More Accessible

  • How you can improve your products/services and be more successful as a business by being more accessible
  • Reasons why greater accessibility benefits us all, not only those with disabilities or specific requirements
  • Ways to test accessibility and make improvements easily by using Microsoft tools that you likely already have access to

Suzie Miller, Senior Cloud Solutions Architect & Accessibility Champion, Microsoft

Caroline Eglinton
Tanvi Vyas
Charlie Woodhead

3pm – 4pm BST

Panel Discussion: Embedding Accessibility As Part Of Your Inclusion And Diversity Strategy

In this discussion, led by Caroline Eglinton at Network Rail, our panel of experts from the rail industry will cover:

  • The importance of the social model of disability
  • The value of empowering language
  • How empowering language and a focus on the removal of barriers help create more inclusive workplaces
  • Practical steps you can take now to be more inclusive

Caroline Eglinton, Access & Inclusion Manager, Network Rail

Tanvi Vyas, Disability Equality Consultant

Charlie Woodhead, Accessibility & Inclusion Manager, London North Eastern Railway

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Ron Pettit

4pm – 5pm BST

Panel Discussion: Creating More Accessible And Inclusive Working Environments

  • How much progress has been made to improve accessibility, and where do we go from here? What should organisations prioritise this year?
  • How the pandemic has impacted accessibility and businesses’ thoughts on it, and how we can ensure a continued focus
  • What are the main obstacles to achieving greater accessibility at work?
  • How important are role models in creating more inclusive working environments, and are there ways in which we can encourage more visibility of role models?
  • Insights on making your processes more inclusive, from recruitment to flexible working
  • What tools are readily available to help business leaders and HR teams?
  • How can we measure progress?

Panellists:

Jane Hatton, Founder & CEO, Evenbreak

Rosa Salamone, Chair of Disability Alliance UK Business Resource Group (BRG), Boots UK

Lia Seth, People Operations Specialist, Cleo

Ron Pettit, Director, Disability Inclusion & ADA Compliance, Royal Caribbean Group

Our Speakers

Yves Veulliet

Yves Veulliet

Global Diverse Abilities
Inclusion Leader

Tanvi Vyas

Tanvi Vyas

Disability Equality Consultant

Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

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Suzie Miller

Senior Cloud Solutions Architect & Accessibility Champion

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Jane Hatton

Founder &
CEO

Caroline Eglinton

Caroline Eglinton

Access &
Inclusion Manager

Charlie Woodhead

Charlie Woodhead

Accessibility &
Inclusion Manager

Lia Seth

People Operations
Specialist

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Ron Pettit

Director, Disability Inclusion
& ADA Compliance

Rachel Morgan-Trimmer

Co-founder &
Neurodiversity Specialist

Rosa Salamone

Chair of Disability &
Inclusion BRG

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