Disabled Teachers’ Conference
Each year the Union holds a conference for members of the Union who define themselves as disabled. This event enables teachers to share experiences, learn from each other and debate Union policy about campaigns to achieve disability equality in the profession.
This event is open to all teachers who define themselves as disabled and this can cover teachers with cancer, HIV, MS, ME, Parkinsons disease, epilepsy, mobility impairments, visual impairments or hearing impairments, work-related stress, anxiety, depression as well as any other mental or physical impairment which teachers experience.
The Union believes that teachers are disabled by the physical and attitudinal barriers around them in society and not by the medical condition. Individual teachers are the expert on their own impairment. Disabled teachers believe 'nothing about us without us'.
Reasonable adjustments should be made to the working conditions of teachers so that they can stay in the profession- much as adjustments to teaching and learning are made for children and young people with learning disabilities or special educational needs. The Union supports teachers each year all over England and Wales to stay in their jobs, where this is what they want.
The Union also has a disabled members' network which members are welcome to join so that information can be shared about what positive adjustments head teachers have made.
You can read the report of the NUT Disabled Teachers’ Conference here
To register your interest to attend the 2014 NUT Disabled Teachers’ Conference please click here