As part of a one year pilot (2016/17), the University has subscribed to become a member of the Business Disability Forum (BDF). BDF is a not-for-profit member organisation which provides a unique range of advice, support and expert tools to help organisations become disability-smart. BDF has more than twenty years experience of working with public and private sector organisations.
As a member of staff at the University of Kent, you are able to access some BDF rescources for your learning and information. To do so, please click on the 'BDF Resources' tab below.
The Disability Staff Network at the University was established in 2012 and is open to any member of staff with a disability or anyone who feels they would benefit from attending, perhaps because of the nature of their job role. The Disability Staff Network's purpose is to support disabled staff and those staff working with disability, or those with an interest in disability. The network also provides a forum to share information and consider good practice, providing recommendations to enhance University policy and practice where appropriate.
From January 2017: Please note that the Department for Work and Pensions have launched a new scheme, Disability Confident, to replace the Disability 2 Ticks scheme. The University is currently reviewing its approach to Disability Confident and more information will be provided at a later date. Disability 2 Ticks ceased to exist from January 2017, but you can read about the scheme via the tab below. The University is maintaining its commitment to the Two Ticks scheme whilst the approach to Disability Confident is being determined.
Please take a look at the tabs below to look through toolkits, resources and signposting to further information. You can also access e-guidance modules (BDF Resources) and view some video clips (EDI TV) around disability.
Toolkits & Resources
- Accessibility Guidance for Staff - resources and guidance on this page introduces the principles that accessibility good practice benefits everyone. Reviewing this information will provide guidance on supporting colleagues and learners who have a specific learning difficulty.
- Accessibility and smarter working tools - from this page you can access a range of resources which can save you time, make materials more accessible, and make it easier to do your work. Resources include text to speech software, including ClaroRead, tools to help with time management and guidance on how you can adjust your computer to make reading from the screen easier. Details are also provided on accessing support from the Information Services Team.
- What are assistive technologies
- Accessibility and the Library
- Access to Work flowchart
- Clear Communication Principles
- Staff Guide: Assistance Dogs
- Staff Health and Well Being
- 2017 Power 100 List - Britain's most influential disabled people (via The Shaw Trust)