New e-learning courses for those supporting our disabled staff and students
Making reasonable adjustments to ensure disabled people aren't unfairly disadvantaged or excluded isn't just a “nice thing to do” – it's a legal duty. The University is committed to promoting equality in all its activities and aims to provide an inclusive work, learning, research and teaching environment.
The Equality and Diversity Unit and Disability Service are pleased to launch two new e-learning resources aimed at those, across the University, who support or advise disabled students and staff.
Professor Frank Coton, as the University’s Disability Equality Champion, said of the need for the courses: “The disability landscape is very complex and colleagues often find it challenging to understand how best to act in support of disabled colleagues or in supporting the learning of a disabled student. These courses provide valuable insight into the important area of reasonable adjustments and will empower you to do the right things in support of your disabled colleagues and students.”
Implementing Reasonable Adjustments for Students has been specifically designed for all University staff who work with disabled students. It provides a practical understanding of what the law means when it talks about "disability" and "reasonable adjustments" and explains the anticipatory duty, on individuals and the University, to disabled students. (50mins)
If you currently have line-management responsibilities for your colleagues, disabled or not, you should undertake Implementing Reasonable Adjustments. You will explore the challenges faced by disabled people at work and get practical guidance on identifying and implementing adjustments that make a real difference. (45mins)
The courses can be accessed via the Equality and Diversity Unit’s Moodle pages. The courses have been developed in Adobe Flash and has been designed to work with any MSAA compatible screen reader. For best results, you may need to configure your screen reader to handle interactive Flash content. If you have any questions or require additional information/support please contact the Equality and Diversity Unit.
First published: 29 April 2019