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Disability

Below are some useful links to groups both within the University and in the wider community.

Hi, I'm Suzanne Harris. As Events and Venues Manager at Bath Spa Live I welcome the public to our three main performance venues and at a variety of spaces around Bath. I want audience members to feel safe, comfortable and included in all our work, and I’m really pleased that - by joining the EDSG - I have joined a team which helps to ensure that BSU extends that welcome to students, visitors and staff in all our buildings.

I’m very interested in the Social Model, an approach to disabled people which is imaginative, inclusive and proactive. The Office for Disabled Issues says: Using the social model helps identify solutions to the barriers disabled people experience. It encourages the removal of these barriers within society, or the reduction of their effects, rather than trying to fix an individual’s impairment or health condition. The social model is the preferred model for disabled people. It empowers disabled people and encourages society to be more inclusive.

It can be easy for those of us working in older buildings or on mixed sites to think we can’t make all our spaces fully accessible. This doesn't mean we should ever stop being vigilant and challenging ourselves in making sure we are still making the very best of ourselves and our buildings for everyone.

Looking forward to the completion of the new Academic Building is a great time to look closely at the rest of the campus - as well as to our attitudes and actions - and see if we can make life for everyone as convenient and inclusive as possible.

If you have any concerns where you feel I could help you, then please do contact me by email s.harris1@bathspa.ac.uk or phone 07970 976358

If you'd like to provide feedback on a current policy, procedure or practice at BSU, or would be willing to provide feedback on any future practice, please also contact me or HR. If you'd prefer to make contact confidentially, then please indicate this.

Did you know?

Government announces review of disabled students' allowance

Changes to student support in England

Measures to change disabled students’ allowances, available to HE students in England, have been announced by the government. The measures change the balance of responsibilities between government funding and institutional support, with HEIs taking more responsibility for supporting students with mild difficulties, as part of their duties to provide reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has said it will undertake an equality impact assessment of the changes. However, the National Union of Students and other organisations have raised concerns that some disabled students will be left without adequate support.

Review of disabled students' allowance

NUS blasts David Willetts over changes to DSA – Times Higher Education

Progress made on disability-related harassment

A report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission has revealed that although some public bodies have made progress in tackling disability-related harassment since 2011, more needs to be done.

Between 2009 and 2011 the commission carried out a formal inquiry into the causes of disability-related harassment and outlined actions public authorities should take to prevent and eliminate it. The EHRC will continue to work with public bodies to implement the recommendations and 'keep the spotlight' on disability related harassment.

To what extent are agencies addressing disability-related harassment?

Statistics

According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission review, How Fair is Britain:

Events

Demystifying dyslexia. Is it a learning difference or a learning difficulty? - 6 May 2014 Neil Mackay

Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, Dorset, 5.00pm - 7.00pm

The presentation makes an evidenced based case for viewing Dyslexia as a preferred way of learning rather than automatically as a disability or difficulty. The case for the "Preference Paradigm" will be supported with strategies for parents, teachers and pupils in compulsory education as well as HE lecturers and students. These strategies will exemplify practical, preference led ways to establish the "Dyslexia Learning Zone" and will be perfect for teachers coming to terms with the cross curricular/thematic literacy requirements of the new National Curriculum. There will be a particular focus on techniques to harness the power of context to support "quick thinking, slow reading" learners and also ways to organise information for essays and assignments for SATs, GCSE and Higher Education. The presentation will also include practical ways to minimise and support issues with working memory in ways that will impact positively on learners in school, college and university.

Biography

Neil MacKay is a freelance consultant and trainer who created the concept of Dyslexia Friendly Schools He is an experienced teacher who has taught for 26 years, working with children with a wide range of ages, needs and ability. He is known for his ability to bring the classroom into his training and for providing lively, entertaining and thought provoking opportunities for teachers and teaching assistants to reflect on and develop their practice. His audiences particularly appreciate his ability to offer workable responses to a range of learning needs, including AD(H)D, Asperger's Syndrome and Dyspraxia in ways which meet diverse learning needs without affecting the work of the rest of the class.

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