Who am I?
I am the Employee Disability Advisor, based at 13 Pritchatts Road
What does that mean?
I support employees who have all sorts of disabilities like hearing and sight impairment, cancer, HIV, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and heart problems. I also support employees with mental health difficulties and employees with general learning disabilities and specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia. Some of the employees I also support are on the autistic spectrum and may have Asperger’s syndrome. I also facilitate a ‘discreet’ Mental Health Friendship Group who meets confidentially every term.
Why do I support these employees?
The University has a legal obligation to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for employees who have a protected characteristic of disability under The Equality Act 2010. This is a statutory requirement. At the University employees ‘self disclose’ their disability either when they join or at any time after this. You can disclose by using my.bham and then my. details.
What do I do?
My main role is to provide advice, support, and offer guidance to employees and managers to find appropriate and sustainable ‘reasonable adjustments’. Remembering that employees are individuals with different needs and requirements. These adjustments are tailored to the person in the most effective way for them. This is always carried out in consultation with the employee’s line manager.
I have been working on a new partnership with Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust. The Trust will continue to provide mental health awareness sessions and will now start to provide Mental Health First Aid Training to key people at the University. This is scheduled to commence in the autumn term. There is also currently a group of students using The Urban Veg Garden adjacent to Winterbourne Gardens. These students are studying on a horticultural course with BITA Pathways, which is a mental health charity specialising in rehabilitation services for adults experiencing mental ill health by offering training and work opportunities. Curator, Lee Hale, hopes to expand these opportunities to other community groups in the future.