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How to improve specialist employment services for disabled people



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Speaker: Liz Sayce OBE, Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK

Location: Northampton Suite, Room A, Northampton Square, City University London, EC1V 0HB

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Contact: Please reserve a place by contacting Doria Pilling.

Liz Sayce led an Independent Review in 2011 into specialist disability employment programmes, at the request of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Published as Getting In, Staying In and Getting On (in June 2011), the review recommended that specialist employment support should enable disabled people to work in any job, any sector - to get apprenticeships, work experience, and work in anything from hairdressing to engineering. That requires specialist support that you can take with you from job to job. The report recommended doubling the numbers who can get Access to Work - and radically improving it so it moves from Government's best kept secret to a well known passport to successful employment, with an enhanced remit. The report also recommends changes to Remploy businesses and residential training colleges. The Government's response is expected in early 2012. This seminar will discuss ideas behind the new direction - in relation to disabled people's aspirations and the future economy - and implications of the Government's response.

Disability Rights UK, of which Liz Sayce is Chief Executive, is the UK's leading pan-disability organisation (it is a unification of  the Disability Alliance, the National Centre for Independent Living (NCIL) and Radar).  Liz is a Commissioner at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. From 2000-2007 she was Director, Policy and Communications, for the Disability Rights Commission, where she led on creating a new Disability Agenda for policy for the next 2 decades, covering skills, employment, housing, health, social care and more. She also directed a Formal Investigation into physical health inequalities experienced by people with mental health problems and/or learning disabilities. Previously she was Director of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Action Zone.  She spent 8 years as Policy Director of Mind, and one year as a Harkness Fellow in the USA, studying the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act and related policy initiatives. She was a member of the UK Government's Disability Rights Task Force (1997-99). With personal experience and knowledge of mental health issues, she has published widely on mental health, disability and social inclusion, including From Psychiatric Patient to Citizen (Macmillan-Palgrave 2000).


Sayce, L (2011) Getting in, staying in and getting on. Disability employment support fit for the future.

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1.00pm - 2.15pmTuesday 14th February 2012

Northampton Suite A University Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom