A series of three talks from DaDaFest using the photographic exhibition ‘Working Lives: Here and There’ as a trigger for engaging and relevant discussion about disability and employment.
The exhibition and talks are an element of the programme of cultural events commissioned for the International Festival for Business.
1) Employment and Disability
Wednesday 18 June, 5.30-6.45pm
6th Floor, Castle Chambers, 43 Castle Street, Liverpool, L2 9SH
Why are disabled people under-represented in the workplace when research shows the various benefits of disabled people as employees? (Unemployment rates for Disabled people in the UK on average 53% of people of working age (DWP 2013)). How can our working culture be challenged in order to benefit by employing disabled people?
Chair: Jane Cordell – DaDaFest Chair, Former Diplomat with the Foreign Office and advocate for disabled people’s rights at a national level
Contributors: Cllr Nick Small – Cabinet Member – Skills, Enterprise and Employment with Liverpool City Council; Lorraine Gradwell MBE, Founder of Breakthrough-UK; Brian Sweeney, Chair of Federation of Small Businesses [ Merseyside & west Cheshire & Wigan]
This event is for: businesses, HRM, third sector and arts leaders.
2) Working Lives- reflections from disabled people on journeys into employment
Wednesday 9 July, 4.30-6.30pm
43 Castle Street Liverpool
There are many routes into employment and career paths to follow, particularly for disabled people. This event, aimed at young people, will look at some of these routes from personal perspectives shared by our engaging speakers. What experiences have they had as disabled people in their working lives and what have they brought to the workplace? Plus, some amusing insights about challenging people’s expectations. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and explore the topic further during the talk.
This event is for: young people 14+, and anyone that works with them including teachers, careers advisors, youth organisations etc.
3) Using the Arts for Social Change
Tuesday 22 July, 5.30-6.45pm
43 Castle Street, Liverpool
The arts have the power to alter both the personal and political, challenging people’s views and impacting the structures of society. This rousing debate will tackle the question of: when is art more than just for art’s sake? What have we learnt from Liverpool’s history as a hotbed for social change and home of creative radicals?
This event is for: Disability & Deaf Artists, disabled and deaf artists, curators and programmers, anyone interested in the good the arts can do in society.