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Music Industry Invited To Learn More About Improving Access For Disabled People

UK Music and the UK Music Diversity Taskforce are hosting an online seminar to help sweep away some of the uncertainty around improving access for disabled people.

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27.09.2022: UK Music and the UK Music Diversity Taskforce are hosting an online seminar to help sweep away some of the uncertainty around improving access for disabled people.

The masterclass, Access For All: Breaking Down Barriers For Disabled Professionals will look at the barriers disabled people face when working in the music industry, with a particular focus on the reasons why over two thirds of disabled people in the industry do not always disclose their impairments and what organisations can do to encourage staff to request the adjustments they need to reach their potential in the workplace.

Taking place on Monday October 10, 4:00-5.30pm, the session will be led by Attitude is Everything’s Head of Volunteering and Skills Development Paul Hawkins, with UK Music’s Diversity Taskforce Chair Ammo Talwar and Vice-Chair Paulette Long.

Attitude Is Everything connects disabled people with music and live event industries to improve access. According to a survey they carried out, two-thirds of respondents did not always tell their employers about their access requirements. In another survey done by Harbourside Management, the main reason respondents gave for not disclosing a disability was a fear of stigmatisation, and more than half stated they were afraid that their employers would use it as an excuse to end their employment.

This fear of disclosure creates numerous challenges. Firstly, it leaves visibly disabled people, who cannot choose to conceal their impairment, extremely exposed. Secondly, a person who isn’t disclosing their impairment is unable to ask for the reasonable adjustments they need. This can lead to frustration all round as disabled staff members aren’t able to perform to their full potential and employers aren’t getting the best out of their staff.

Sign-up to the event here to learn more.

You can find out more about Attitude Is Everything here.

You can learn more about some of the issues disabled people are facing in a piece from Paul Hawkins, which can be found here.

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