Disability Awareness for your Business – 4 June 2019

A free disability workshop brought to you by Working Well was delivered to Knowsley businesses to raise awareness of different learning difficulties and/or disabilities and how best to support a person with a learning difficulty and/or disability in the workplace.  Sue Temple-Fielding –  KMBC’s Supported Employment Coordinator, Rebecca Berry – Disability Employer Engagement Advisor for Enable Knowsley and Llyr Owen – Supported Employability Tutor Knowsley Community College delivered the interactive session to 35 attendees, at The Village Hotel.

The workshop explored how our brains process information differently, Specific Learning Difficulties, Learning Disabilities, Down’s syndrome and Autism Spectrum Condition.  The session then moved on to explore different techniques that employers can use to support a person within the workplace and the support available for organisations that employ a person with a learning difficulty and/or disability.

Lesley Martin Wright Chief Executive Knowsley Chamber said “Sue, Rebecca and Llyr put on a fascinating, interactive event. It was a real eye opener. It is amazing how everyday business terminology can be interpreted in different ways. The session showed how we can all make simple improvements to ensure the workplace is a less confusing environment for a person with a learning difficulty.”

Sue Temple-Fielding, from Knowsley Council, led the interactive session.

Did you know…

1. In the UK, one in four of the population has a disability (this figure may be a surprise to many).

2.  We’re working in unprecedented times.  There’s fierce competition for winning business; an implicit drive to maximise productivity; keeping your employees motivated and satisfied; fulfilling the demands and expectations of your customers/supply chain.

3. There is no longer a requirement to pay a fee to make a claim to the Employment Tribunal or the Employment Appeals Tribunal.   You must ensure that your employees and potential recruits do not have to resort to discrimination suits in order to receive the equal treatment that they deserve, and to which they have a legal entitlement.

Thank you to everyone who attended.