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International Day of People with Disabilities 2020

What is International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD)?

IDPWD is an international day of celebration for people living with disabilities, set up by the United Nations (UN) as part of their commitment to calling for the creation of inclusive, accessible and sustainable societies.

The day aims to bring people together to support those with disabilities and raise awareness of the importance of creating a future where people have equal opportunities.

This theme for 2020 is ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’, raising awareness of the wide range of disabilities that are not immediately obvious. Some examples of disabilities include mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions, among others.

Why is IDPWD important to OAS?

We know that there are complex equality, diversity and inclusion challenges throughout the UK manufacturing sector, and people with disabilities are underrepresented within the engineering workforce. At OAS, we are committed to addressing this challenge. We want to grow disabled representation within apprenticeships and build a more inclusive centre.

What are we doing at OAS?

At OAS, we are committed to supporting all forms of disabilities and ensuring we provide adequate accessibility. We want to create a centre that gives people equal opportunities, enabling them to reach their goals without facing barriers.

What we already have in place:

  • Mental health first aiders
  • Maths and English support
  • Access to Additional Learning (ALN) support
  • Disabled access, multiple call points and toilet facilities

We are at the start of our diversity and inclusion journey. We want to work collaboratively with our apprentices, employers and parents to build on the work we have already done and the infrastructure in place. If you want to get involved, please contact our ED&I Partner, James Jackson at james.jackson@ukaea.uk

If you would like to know more, or if you have any questions, then please contact us at employer.enquiries@the-mtc.org