Reasonable Adjustments: Accessing the Untapped Potential of Disabled Candidates and Employees

Reasonable Adjustments: Accessing the Untapped Potential of Disabled Candidates and Employees

Why this event and why now?

Equality, diversity and inclusion has never been more important for employers and attracting a wide and diverse talent pool is crucial for organisational success. 1 in 5 people in Northern Ireland have a disability, only 35% of whom are currently employed. An increase of just 1% of people with a disability participating in the workforce would give a £260 million boost to the economy. With unemployment in NI currently below 3%, there is a huge labour pool available to your organisation, under the right conditions and with the right support. We’ll tell you how to tap into this pool and recruit and retain great staff for your organisation.

Why is this event important for YOU?

Failure to make reasonable adjustments is one of the most common forms of disability discrimination. The importance of putting the right adjustments in place at the right time will improve staff retention and productivity and help avoid costly legal action. A better understanding of the duty to make reasonable adjustments and the opportunities that it can provide is essential for an employer to open a potentially untapped pool of talent.

After attending you will:

• Get an overview of your legal obligations to make the appropriate adjustments
• Learned key examples from case law
• Been provided with examples of appropriate adjustments
• Considered disability-friendly approaches to recruitment and selection
• Have at hand practical answers and case study examples
• Understand the proposed disability strategy for NI

 Who will benefit from this event?

Managers, Supervisors, Team Leaders, HR Professionals, Business Owners, Trade Union Representatives and Employee Representatives.


Standard Rate: £245 + VAT




  • Adam Brett
    Adam Brett Partner
    Lewis Silkin NI LLP

    Adam Brett is a Partner in Lewis Silkin NI LLP. For many years Adam jointly headed the litigation department of a major Belfast Commercial Practice, and for the last 20 years he has concentrated increasingly on employment and discrimination matters. Adam has throughout his career advised a wide range of educational and charitable bodies, including Schools, Universities, Colleges, and other educational institutions in relation to employment, student and other concerns.


  • Angela Scanlon
    Angela Scanlon Director of Student and Graduate Success
    Ulster University

    Angela Scanlon is Director of Student and Graduate Success at Ulster University, with over 30 years’ experience as lecturer and educational leader. She has established expertise in leadership practice, widening access and employability. Driven by a passion for student and graduate success she takes pride in growing informed and confident leaders in both staff and students while respecting individual differences. She believes that education provides an incredible opportunity to overcome barriers and challenges throughout a person’s life. Recognised as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy she remains committed to building relationships and communities of practice who work together to make a difference. Angela has represented Northern Ireland (NI) on the University Association of Lifelong Learning UK and is a member of NI Careers Advisory Forum. In 2018 she was appointed to the Quality Expert Panel for SOLAS for Degree Apprenticeships in Ireland and contributed to the quality review.

  • Karen Smith MIEP
    Karen Smith MIEP Head of Contracted Services
    Disability Action Northern Ireland

    Karen is Head of Contracted Services at Disability Action. Reporting to the CEO, Karen works within a small senior management team to shape the strategy, inform best practice on current issues and promote the organisation at all levels. She is responsible forproviding innovative solutions to the current funding environment and advice for the CEO and the Board of Directors. 

    From 2015Karen led and managed the European Social Fund project Job Match delivering bespoke recruitment and job-related support and guidance to individuals and employers NI-Wide and Karen continues to undertake this role. 

    Karen has over 30 years’ experience of working in the public, private and voluntary sectors across the UK in disability and employment policy, practice, management and organisational transformation. She is a member of the Institute of Employability Professionals, a member of NICVA’s Joint Forum for Disability Action, also NICVA's ESF User Group and NIUSE’s Policy Group and have just joined the NI Education Authority External Stakeholder Advisory Group. 

  • Stephen McGlew
    Stephen McGlew Head of Disability and Work
    Department for Communities

    Stephen leads on a range of social policy, projects and service provision that seek to support those with barriers to work to move closer to, find, retain and progress in employment.

Event details


1 Half Day


04 April 2023


Online - Hopin


Standard Rate: £245 + VAT