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6th - 7th July 2022
NEC, Birmingham

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Moving From Education Into Employment With A Chronic Illness

06 Jul 2022
Education & Employment Theatre

Being in education and employment comes with many unique challenges for disabled people, but did you know that a huge proportion of the disability community is still being excluded from policy and practice?

There are many people with chronic illnesses and Energy Limiting Conditions (ELCs) who wish to pursue a career, but the world of work remains largely inaccessible for them. This means that our society is missing out on a huge talent pool of skilled individuals: people who want to pursue a career but who are currently unable to access meaningful opportunities, secure the adjustments they require, or face unrelenting stigma and discrimination from employers and line managers.

Drawing upon groundbreaking research findings from Astriid and Chronic Illness Inclusion, as well as speaker Pippa Stacey's lived experiences of navigating higher education and employment, through this session we'll explore the often unacknowledged barriers faced by people with chronic illnesses and how they can be addressed. In doing so, we can ensure that essential equality and inclusion efforts for disabled people also encompass this previously invisible community, so that everybody has the chance to pursue their ambitions.

Pippa Stacey

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