Disability Inclusion Framework

The Disability Inclusion Framework outlines our approach to disability equality, which includes the physical estate, e-accessibility and culture and good practice.

The Framework consists of the Accessibility Coordination Group which oversees progress of the framework through three working groups:

  • Accessibility Working Group
  • E-accessibility Working Group
  • Culture and Good Practice Working Group

Progress is reported to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Contact us

Equality and Diversity Office
equality@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 324680
@EqualityatYork

Membership

  • Director of Human Resources (chair)
  • Equality and Diversity Office (secretary)
  • Estates and Campus Services
  • Student and Academic Services
  • Human Resources
  • IT Services
  • An academic member of staff
  • A staff representative (co-chairs of INCLUDE)
  • A student representative (YUSU and GSA)
  • A trade union representative

Purpose

  1. To oversee and receive updates and recommendations on the development of initiatives to support disability inclusion from:
    1. Accessibility Working Group
    2. E-accessibility Working Group
    3. Culture and Good Practice Working Group
  2. To keep up to date with HE sector good practice and legislation related to disability equality and ensure appropriate mechanisms are in place to implement or make recommendations accordingly.
  3. To promote awareness of disability related issues across the institution.
  4. To receive updates on disability related issues from INCLUDE, YUSU and GSA.
  5. To communicate and engage with staff, students and external groups on disability equality initiatives.
  6. To report progress of initiatives and make recommendations to the University Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Membership

  • Strategic Projects Manager, Estates and Campus Services (chair)
  • Engagement Officer, Estates and Campus Services
  • Access Officer, Esrares and Campus Services
  • Head of Estates Operations and Maintenance
  • Equality and Diversity Office
  • IT Services
  • An academic member of staff
  • A staff representative (co-chairs of INCLUDE)
  • A student representative (YUSU and GSA)
  • A trade union representative

Purpose

  1. To oversee the development of the University’s inclusive campus and community agenda and objectives with regard to disability and wider equality issues.
  2. To consult, engage and communicate with diverse students, staff and visitors on the preparation, development and progress of the disability objectives.
  3. To promote awareness in respect of estate design and management and culture across the institution.
  4. To consider and approve a programme of innovative beacon activities aimed at improving disability access and the wider inclusion agenda.
  5. To take account of relevant legislation and good practice.
  6. To consider possible approaches to external agencies and funders with regard to disability issues.
  7. To raise issues of disability equality and inclusion to relevant University groups and committee where this requires further action for example HR, IT, Estates and Campus Services.
  8. To receive regular updates on current good practice on accessibility issues.

Membership

  • Head of Programme Design and Learning Technology (PDLT)
  • Academic Support Office
  • Communications
  • IT Services
  • Human Resources
  • Disability Services
  • Equality and Diversity Office
  • Library and Archives
  • An academic member of staff
  • A staff representative (co-chairs of INCLUDE)
  • A student representative (YUSU and GSA)
  • A trade union representative

Purpose

  1. To provide guidance across the University on the approach to accessibility statements, through regular testing and reporting.
  2. To review, manage and recommend appropriate software requirements and licences to support e-accessibility across the University.
  3. To coordinate and plan training for all staff to ensure key accessibility principles are adopted when using digital systems.
  4. To undertake an audit and develop a system of allocation of the current provision of assistive technology and equipment available for disabled staff and students.

Membership

  • Head of Equality and Diversity (chair)
  • Human Resources
  • Student Hub
  • People and Organisational Development
  • Open Door and Disability
  • Occupational Health
  • Equality and Diversity Office
  • An academic member of staff
  • A staff representative (co-chairs of INCLUDE)
  • A student representative (YUSU and GSA)
  • A trade union representative

Purpose

  1. To produce and communicate process maps for disabled staff and students identifying appropriate services, support plans and adjustments.
  2. To review and extend the provision of University policies and guidance to support disability inclusion.
  3. To procure the provision of disability awareness training for all staff, including raising the profile of national disability awareness days.
  4. To explore the benefits and opportunities for the university joining the Disability Confident scheme or similar schemes and make appropriate recommendations to the Accessibility Coordination Group.

Accessibility Coordination Group progress reports will be provided to relevant committees, such as the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Joint Negotiation and Consultation Committee.

See the Framework in a visual structure: 

Contact us

Equality and Diversity Office
equality@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 324680
@EqualityatYork