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6th - 7th July 2022
NEC, Birmingham

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Breaking Down Barriers: The Importance of Representation

07 Jul 2022
Education & Employment Theatre

During this presentation, Celia will be discussing on the importance of disabled and lived experience representation, to break down barriers in education and employment.

There are simple and effective solutions, to tackle systematic and intrinsic barriers, that must be enacted by both Government and organisations to ensure the removal of barriers faced by disabled people and people with long term health conditions, this is achievable through the increased representation of disabled people and people with lived experiences being at the heart of policy formation. Rightly given the name ‘The Mother of All Parliaments’, the United Kingdom is home to one of the oldest democracies in the world, the very concept of modern Parliamentary democratic Government was itself developed in the Kingdom of England in 1688. The current Cabinet of Her Majesty’s Government and the current Parliament of the UK is the most diverse in Britain’s history. However disabled people are still alarmingly absent. Disabled people, despite being one of the largest minority groups of the UK, have for too long been shockingly under-represented throughout our public systems, at both a local and national level.

This session will highlight the importance of effective consultation, representation of community voices, and disabled people being at the heart of decision making processes with the equality of opportunity, ensuring that as a society we are operating with the correct mechanisms for the 1 in 5 people who are disabled or have a long term health conditions to be able to reach their full potential.

Celia Hensman, Co-Founder & Director - The Disability Policy Centre

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