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Disability Action Group

Disability refers to someone who has a physical or mental impairment or an impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

The Disability Action Group is an opportunity for both staff and students to meet to address any concerns or issues that they, or fellow students, staff and visitors may be facing.

How can I join?

To join the mailing list please contact the Disability Action Group's forums chair, Christine Simpson or The Equality and Diversity Team.

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Up-coming events

  • Disability Action Group Meeting Wednesday 5th September 2018 12.00 - 1.30 (City Campus)
  • Dyslexia Awareness Week - 2-8 October 2018

  • World Mental Health Awareness Day - 10 October 2018

  • Disability History Month 22 Nov - 22 Dec 2018
  • World AIDS Day - 1 December 2018

  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities - 3 December 2018

  • Disability Action Group Meeting Thursday 7th February 2019 12.00 - 1.30 (Headingley Campus)

  • Disability Action Group Meeting Monday 3rd June 2019 12.00 - 1.30 (City Campus)

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  • It has been a forum for communication across Facilities and Services Areas, i.e. cascaded information relating to adjustments, implementation and installation of facilities for students, staff and visitors.
    - Facility for portable hoists and disabled changing room at City Campus in the Rose Bowl (room RB527) and James Graham East side building at Headingley Campus.
    - Currently installing a static hoist at City Campus Calverley Building first floor which will be available in July 2013.
  • Living Well Poster for Students in the University Halls of Residence; this poster is placed in all student flats and provides information on Accommodation/Security/Equality/Disability and Welfare Services available.
  • Sharing knowledge about issues which students with a disability have within their Halls and University premises, i.e. equipment/access and timetabling.
  • Equality impact assessment of the staff absence procedure linking (linked to disability).
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The purpose of the Forum is:

  • To provide a safe, confidential and supportive environment in which to discuss issues relating to Disability and Accessibility;
  • To provide support and networking and share best practice across all equality strands;
  • To assist in the monitoring and reporting on compliance with equality and diversity legislation and good practice;
  • To contribute to the development of policies directly relating to equality and diversity, and those which indirectly affect equality and diversity issues through the equality impact assessment process.
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Christine Simpson

Christine started at the University in 1996 as a Senior Secretary to the Head of Built Environment. In 2006 Christine joined Campus and Residential Services (CARES) as Office Manager and now manages the CARES Help Desk; looks after the University Entertainment Licensing and is also responsible for ensuring that all equipment for students with a disability are purchased and installed in the University Halls of Residence flat for the start of the academic term.

Christine attends the University Equality and Diversity Committee, is the Chair for CARES/Estates, Finance Equality and Diversity Advisory Group and having attending the Disability Forum has now become the Chair for the Disability Action Group.

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