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Graduate Recruiter’s Disability Café Wednesday 26 th September, 2012. Introduction & Context.
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On 26 September, My Plus Consulting hosted more than 35 delegates for a Graduate Recruiter’s Disability Café. The Café was focused on the issue of ‘disclosure’ amongst disabled job applicants. Research showed that 71% of disabled students would prefer not to tell an employer about their disability. However employers wish to know for a number of reasons, including being able to implement adjustments required by the individual.
WaqasSamad, Managing Director, Barclays, opened the Café by welcoming the delegates and speaking of the talent that existed amongst disabled individuals; talent that employers would miss out on if they weren’t disability confident.
Helen Cooke, Director of My Plus Consulting, introduced the focus of the event and also covered how the Café would be facilitated.
The delegates were also introduced to Doug Cameron of Grasshopper Design who would be creating a graphic recording of all discussions and conversations.
Helen CookeHelen Cooke, Director of My Plus Consulting and founder of the Disability Cafès, spoke about 3 key areas concerning disclosure. She started off talking about the reasons that recruiters were asking applicants to disclose their disability and their need to be clear as to how they were going to use the information. Secondly she talked about why applicants were reluctant to disclose; including factors such as fearing discrimination, not wanting favourable treatment, uncertainty about why they were being asked and not seeing themselves as disabled. Finally, Helen talked about what recruiters needed to be doing to encourage applicants to be more open and to inform a potential employer of their disability and their need for adjustments.
The panel discussion
After the break Helen facilitated an open panel discussion. This started with the panel members talking about their own situation and their thoughts about informing an employer about their disability. Delegates were then given the opportunity to ask questions to find out more about areas that were of interest.
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