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Disability issues top the agenda as ACAS sets up new forum

Disability issues top the agenda as ACAS sets up new forum

Acas has announced plans to establish its Disabled People’s Involvement Forum, one of the first of its kind, to help ensure fairness and equality in Acas’ work. Acas are seeking six highly committed disabled individuals from a diverse range of perspectives and impairment groups to volunteer for this unique committee to act in an informal advisory role.

There are approximately ten million disabled adults in the UK. As part of the Disability Equality Duty set by Government, Acas wants to involve disabled people in areas of their policies and decision-making to make sure the issues around disability are understood. To do this, Acas are seeking six highly committed disabled individuals from a diverse range of perspectives and impairment groups to volunteer for this unique committee to act in an informal advisory role.

The candidates will need to satisfy the following criteria:

  •  Be a disabled person.
  •  Have a deep understanding of the barriers disabled people face in the workplace.
  •  Understand and be able to benchmark the Social Model of Disability for disability equality issues.
  •  Be able to explain the Disability Discrimination Act and how it affects employers and disabled employees.
  •  Have experience of representing disabled people’s issues in a work or voluntary role within Trade Unions; Business, Public and Third Sectors; or an Education and Academic setting.

For more information visit http://www.acas.org.uk/involvementforum

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