31st July 2000

 

DISABILITY CAMPAIGN TO LAUNCH

 

A national association set up in Lincoln to support disability officers in the education sector is formulating a campaign to recruit members from around the UK.

 

The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside hosts the new National Association of Disability Officers, a move which folllows a successful bid for funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

 

NADO membership will be open to all disability officers who work in the further and higher education sectors. The project is a response to concerns about their professional status and a lack of support generally.

 

“To help raise their status NADO will work towards the formation of a professional support network, recommend formal qualifications and training and establish a code of practice,” said Rachel Orme, project facilitator.

 

Rachel works under the supervision of Steve Metcalfe, manager of Disability Access, Resources and Technology (DART) at the university which has taken a leading role in developing the association.

 

The initiative is the result of intensive debate at a conference at the Lincoln campus in 1999 held to discuss how difficulties could be resolved in the long term.

 

Those who sign up will also benefit from peer support and mentoring and will be invited to attend events relevant to their work.

 

1999 was a very successful year for DART - it also received an award of £150,000 from HEFCE to appoint two disability advisers to the university and improve resources.

 

The money is helping to ensure that students at ULH will be among the best

 resourced in the UK.

 

NADO will be recruiting from 1st September but for more information call Rachel Orme on 886488.

 

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Press Officer Sam Hendley. Tel: 01522 886042