The Disability Co-operative Network held its first informal meet up on the topic of the Disability Confident scheme at the Natural History Museum on 6 September 2018.
The Disability Confident Scheme was launched in 2013 to replace the Two Ticks scheme for organisations to work towards inclusive practice to attract and retain talent for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions.
Recently the Westminster Achieveability Commission report identified as part of their recommendations, that the Disability Confident scheme lacked profile and marketing. Therefore on 6 September 2018, DCN held an informal meet up at the Natural History Museum to discuss the Disability Confident scheme with DDCMS, Tate and Victoria and Albert Museums and fellow attendees.
This is the supportive material for people who could not attend the event and those who are interested in the Disability Confident Scheme and inclusive practice in the workforce. We will have a transcription and recording of the event shortly. Check twitter @museumDCN for further details.
This is an ongoing action which we welcome conversation, collaboration and action. Do get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org or Direct Message @museumDCN
New Network launched at the first informal event
We have a new staff network for people who identify as disabled who work in the Heritage Sector.
This membership is free and open to emerging professionals, students, voluntary and paid staff.
If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Leigh or Becki via email@example.com
The aims of the group are:
- Connecting people who identify as disabled and working (both paid and unpaid) in the museum/heritage sector.
- The recognition of disabled talent within the heritage sector as a workforce.
- Identification of key skills and training needed within the workforce to enable a diverse workforce such as flexible working, working within capacity and strategy.
- Support employers and employees in creating safe spaces to talk.
- Reduce risk of workplace bullying and illness due to poor working practice.
- Working together for positive, practical change in the service delivery and workforce of the heritage sector.
Why Inclusive Practice matters? This is a great film on how inclusion is all of us.
How can my organisation work towards Disability Confident?
The Disability Confident Scheme:
Current reports relating to the recruitment and retention of disabled and neurodivergent people in the workforce:
Westminster AchieveAbility Commission Report:
(Neurodiverse Voices: Opening the Doors to Employment): A collaborative report on the barriers facing neurodivergent talent in recruitment and retention in the workplace.
I Can Make It Project by Disability Rights UK
A great film featuring Carrie Boyce who works for the Royal Society of Chemistry (non-profit making organisation) and how she manages her chronic health condition as well as work.
The Importance of Neurodiversity in the Workplace (CIPD)
Museum Professionals Neurodiverse Network:
Access to Work:
Access to Work is a Central Government funded scheme to enable purchase of equipment and coaching for people with disabilities and neurodiversity in post.
Information on Access to Work here: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/access-work
The Department of Work and Pensions has a number of films regarding Personal Independent Payments and Access to Work which are available on Youtube.
Here is the film ‘What is Access to Work?’