Kath is the Founder of START Ability Services. She has been recognised with numerous accolades, including a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts, for her innovative work in removing the barriers to equal participation in society that disabled people face.
Kath is also responsible for hosting an award winning national Work Advice Service, on behalf of the Association of Disabled Professionals and their Disabled Entrepreneurs’ Network. She is a published researcher and is currently submitting her thesis for a Doctorate in Education highlighting the barriers faced by, and facilitation methods used to support, people with learning difficulties (learning disabilities).
Kath is particularly interested in the facilitation of comprehensive solutions to remove any presenting barriers to equality in participation, including those faced by people with complex health conditions and impairments.
Finally, her lived experience of impairment enables Kath to support others to gain access to appropriate assistance, information and advice for impairment related issues. To this end, she has acted as Chair to several advocacy organisations and has been a member of various Steering Groups and Committees relating to health (NICE) and social care (SCIE), barriers to employment for disabled people, supporting people with learning difficulties and independent living strategies.
This seminar is aimed at anyone who wants to consider practical ways of reducing and removing any barriers that are faced in the inclusion of disabled people in the work force. Indeed, it demonstrates some of the practical, solution focussed ways in which people with impairments can be supported to find and keep their jobs, or to set up and run a successful business.
Many disabled people and people with long term health conditions find it difficult to find work or stay in a job. There are also many disabled people who would like to be self-employed, but can’t get the support, advice or information that they need.
We operate an award winning, national service that assists everyone with any form of impairment, to find, retain and progress in the full range of work opportunities. This seminar demonstrates how our practical, common sense approach supports inclusion in work for all!