Avail Support are organising a series of webinars for supported employment agencies to find out more about the assistive technology that they have designed. Avail Support will also be presenting at the BASE conference in Brighton on 9 November.

The webinars take place on:

22 September (9am); 25 September (10am)

5 October (3pm); 12 October (2pm); 20 October (2pm) and 26 October (2pm)


Nicola Sturgeon has announced the Scottish Government’s plans for addressing equality and human rights over the year ahead. Actions relating to equality for people with a disability include:

  • Delivering for disabled people through our Disability Delivery Plan - commended by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Greater Manchester Council for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO) is seeking tenders from potential providers in relation to the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme.  Full details are at–-local-employer-support

NHS Arden & Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (NHS Arden & GEM CSU) on behalf of NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group (HCCG) are inviting Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified providers capable of delivering an Employment Advice Service for IAPT Services within Derbyshire. 

Applications for Channel 4's second cohort of work experience are now open. The work experience will take place from the 23rd- 27th October, and will be available in teams such as Film4, Corporate Relations, Online and more.

This opportunity is only for those who are 18+ and applications close on the 25th September and cannot be accepted after this date. 

NHS England is organising a series of regional workshops to raise awareness and discuss expanded funding for Individual Placement and Support (IPS) services.

The events announced so far are:

The UK Independent mechanism (UKIM) comprising EHRC, Equality Commission Northern Ireland, Scottish Human Rights Commission, and Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, has published its latest submission to the committee looking at the UK’s implementation of the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The submission provides information on the implementation in the UK of the CRPD. It gives an update on UKIM’s earlier submissions to the CRPD Committee in February 2017, which are all available on the EHRC’s website.

NICE is consulting on guidance to improve people's experience of using adult social care services. The consultation is open until 3 October 2017.

In 2016, 64% of respondents to the annual personal social services adult social care survey said they were either extremely or very satisfied with the care and support they received. However, only 33% said that they had as much control as they wanted over their daily life, 18% said they had some control but not enough, and 6% had no control at all. 

The Department for Education has announced changes to Maths and English requirements for apprentices who have  special educational needs, learning difficulties or disabilities. Specific criteria have to be met and evidenced and these are detailed in the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England. For these apprentices exemptions are in place for the regular English and Maths minimum requirements. This exemption allows the apprentice to use an Entry Level 3 qualification in English or Maths as an acceptable alternative.

The Fit for Work scheme that aimed to revolutionise occupational health in the UK has been slammed as a ‘wasted investment’ after two sets of figures suggested it was being woefully underused by both companies and doctors.

A new survey run on behalf of People Management by GP magazine has found that around two-thirds (65 per cent) of more than 400 GPs questioned had not referred a single person under the Fit for Work scheme in the last year.