Staff development Workshop – Supporting students with disabilities and reasonable adjustments for placement and work based learning experiences

Forthcoming Staff development Workshop:

Title of Session: Placement and Work-based Learning Special Interest Group (SIG) – Supporting students with disabilities and reasonable adjustments for placement and work based learning experiences.

Date and Time:                 Wednesday 5 July 2017 12:15-14:00

Venue:                                 City Campus – Charles Hastings Building CH 2008

Places:                                  Max 35 places

Students with disabilities have a general entitlement to the provision of educational opportunities in a manner that meets their individual requirements, including placements and WBL experiences. The new University policy for the ‘Management of Placement and Work-Based Learning (WBL)’ makes reference to the responsibilities and some overlapping duties of both the employer/placement provider and the University (and its collaborative partners) to disabled students on placement. This includes ensuring students are not disadvantaged in finding a placement, or whilst on a placement, and that students are given an early opportunity to disclose a disability in order that placement providers can make appropriate reasonable adjustments to support them whilst on placements or WBL experiences. ASET (The Work Based and Placement Learning Association) recently published a ‘Good Practice Guide for Supporting Students with Disabilities on Placement’ (ASET, September 2016).

This session is the second in the series of the Special Interest Group for Placement and Work-Based Learning (WBL) and will be facilitated by Patrick Clarke (Specialist Learning Support Service Manager, Student Services) and Nuala Robinson (Disability Adviser, Student Services). The focus will be on the relative responsibilities for meeting the needs of disabled students in placement, guidance for planning and considering appropriate reasonable adjustment for disabled students and to share effective practice and gather case studies/examples of ‘what works’, with a view to updating the University’s Guidance for staff in managing work placements for disabled students. Accessible high quality placements and work based learning for all students(2011).

The main aims of the Placement/WBL SIG are to support staff in the implementation of the University policy and to facilitate a community of practice where we can share experiences and current good practice and find solutions to some of the challenges in managing a variety of placement experiences. All staff with an interest in placement/WBL (including registered lecturers from partner organisations) are welcome.

Contacts: Sue Cuthbert

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