The ‘Future Talent’ conference, organised by Changeboard, was designed to inspire and empower senior HR and talent professionals. Over 700 people came to listen to an incredible speaker line up including Ruby Wax and Alain de Botton. Chris was delighted to be invited to take part and the title of Chris’s talk was “Smash the silos: Real inclusion counts”. He spoke powerfully about the way in which flat structures can allow all the people in an organisation to make their voices heard. Drawing on his experiences as part of the Olympic bid team and then as Director at London 2012 Paralympics leading 70,000 Gamesmakers he underlined that buy valtrex cheap price “smashing silos, promoting the purpose and unleashing your people” really is a recipe for success. Chris has a passion for sharing his experiences in leadership, performance management, setting a vision for a team that leads to meaningful improvement and the demonstrable benefits of promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. “Not because it’s a nice thing to do but because it improves your organisation.” In advance of the conference, Chris shared further lessons, about the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone to do things a little differently. Chris was stunned to be voted best speaker and described it as an “absolute honour”.
Unlocking Opportunities is a practical online training course to help schools to meet their Equality Act duties and remove barriers to education for disabled learners. It is for everyone who works in schools and will help staff to understand what equality law says and what it means in practice for teaching and learning. Schools can register for FREE and start using the online resource to train staff in the subject of reasonable adjustments. Watch Chris introduce the resource in a youtube clip or head straight to the website.
Channel 4 has announced 2016 as the network’s Year of Disability. Exactly a year ago Channel 4 launched their 360 Degrees Diversity Charter which laid out a number of diversity targets. This year, the Year of Disability, Channel 4 has introduced new targets specifically on disability and Chris is delighted to chair the group of experts who will be known collectively as YODA (Year of Disability Advisers). Other initiatives are to double the number of disabled people in C4’s most popular shows, invest £300,000 behind the scenes, assist the career progress of 20 disabled people among its suppliers and commit half of its apprenticeships and 30% of work experience placements to disabled youngsters.
There are more than 12 million disabled people living in Britain today, yet just 2.5% of people on screen are disabled. Only half of disabled people in Britain are in work compared to four fifths of non-disabled people. There are significant barriers to opportunity and Channel 4’s moves to increase participation by disabled people both on screen and behind the cameras is to be welcomed.
“Three years ago, London 2012 was seen as a turning order generic furosemide point for the visibility and inclusion of disabled people in our society, driving a clear social, economic, physical and cultural legacy for disabled people. Since then, Britain has made progress on many fronts but there is increasing evidence that disabled people are being locked out or left behind.
“Far from enjoying increased visibility and being able to participate more fully in every aspect of life there is a risk that disabled people will become more invisible as both consumers and participants, with organisations losing out on their valuable experiences and custom.”
“I welcome the moves by Channel 4 to make real progress on this issue and urge other businesses and service providers to look again and what they are doing and what they are able to do to increase representation and participation by disabled people in order to unlock the talent that is out there and to avoid Britain becoming a more segregated society.”
“This isn’t about political correctness, or being “nice”, it’s about this, creative, competitive edge.”
Chris was honoured to be featured in one of the first video portraits of dog owners and their pets produced by Pet Fi, a new website for pet owners aiming to provide a gateway to beautiful storytelling and exceptional experiences for the discerning pet owner. Learn more about how Chris and Lottie work together, why having a guide dog is “the difference between crawling and flying” and what Lottie gets up to at the weekends!
December 3rd is the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the theme for 2015, ‘Inclusion Matters’ considers access and empowerment for people of all abilities with a special focus on how to make cities inclusive and accessible for all. The Institute of Highway Engineers sponsored an event in Parliament, hosted by Chris, which considered the difficulties currently created by shared alprazolam xanax online space schemes in the UK and asked “are shared spaces inclusive”? There was a fantastic turnout: engineers, designers, planners, academics, campaigners, disability groups, parliamentarians, lawyers, local authorities and absolutely all agreed that there was a pressing need for better research, better data and better guidance. Let’s hope this happens.
Shared Space Summit on Radio 4, You and Yours, 4th December
The Disability Discrimination Act was a significant achievement in advancing the rights of disabled people. It focused on driving social change towards the full inclusion of disabled people at every level of society. However, twenty years on, there are still issues impacting on the enforcement of disability equality rights. Chris chairs the Disability Committee at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and their recent report “Is Britain Fairer?” clearly shows that disabled people in Britain still face daily challenges. Many are still ‘locked out’ of full participation in society due to barriers remaining in the provision of housing, tramadol online no prescription usa transport, leisure facilities, education and workplaces. Chris wants to use this anniversary as an opportunity to highlight that using the Equality Act, we must all work together to continue to highlight, address and remove those remaining barriers disabled people face to full and fair inclusion.
Is Britain Fairer? EHRC
Hague’s great achievement, Conservative Home
Mr Masazoe, Governor of Tokyo, met up with Chris and Philip Craven, Chair of the IPC, on a recent London visit. Mr Masazoe and his team were seeking advice on how to achieve a truly successful “barrier free” Paralympics. Chris was able to speak about the lessons he learnt as Director of Paralympic Integration at London 2012. Chris stressed the impact of the incredible “Gamesmaker” volunteers and the importance of having inclusion underpinning all planning and decision making.