Hidden Disabilities28 January 2022
DiSTEM’s first event!
About the event
Hidden disabilities: raising awareness, our responsibilities and the support available for students and staff
This session gave an introduction to hidden disabilities and how they may impact on students and staff in relation to study and work. Although recognising the broad spectrum of hidden disabilities, the session focused on neurodiverse conditions. The speakers highlighted our responsibilities regarding equality, diversity and inclusivity and the support available to students and staff at Cardiff university. There was also information on some of the wider work Cardiff University is doing to reduce stigma, heighten awareness and create an inclusive environment and how we could get involved.
About our speakers
Eluned Parrott – Eluned is the Institute Of Physics (IOP) Head of Wales and was formerly an Assembly Member in the National Assembly for Wales.
Bethan Griffiths – Bethan is the Senior Disability Adviser in the Disability and Dyslexia Service at Cardiff University. With extensive knowledge of neurodiverse and other conditions, her role is to assess the needs of students directing them to the appropriate support and advising departments on reasonable adjustments. Formally a study skills tutor, she now supervises the team of Disability Advisers who directly support students in accessing the support they entitled to.
Julie Bugden – Julie is the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer in Human Resources at Cardiff University. She works primarily on staff areas to progress equality work and supports staff, networks, steering and other groups, with their work (including in the area of disability). She delivers training in the areas of disability, equality, diversity and inclusion and mental health as well as working on other diversity areas both within the university and with wider community projects.