Collaborating for Children in Crisis: Unlocking Opportunities for Greater Impact

“In this dual session hear about two examples of EDI & Disabled Co-Production.

Part 1
Support Hub is a platform co-developed between Experian and Oxford University spinout Rogue Interrobang, that allows disabled consumers to tell multiple organisations about their support needs from a single place.

It seeks to solve one of the biggest problems disabled people face in accessing essential services: the difficulty of constantly disclosing sensitive information in order to receive the support they need. This problem has a massive cost for disabled consumers’ wellbeing, autonomy, and finance.

In order to ensure the platform not only solved the correct problem but was itself accessible for those it seeks to help, and successfully engaged them, it involved disabled people in design, build and messaging from the earliest stage.

This case study will look at the practical challenges involved in this approach, from challenging industry-wide assumptions to framing marketing materials, from the user interface to the privacy policy. Speakers include Dan Holloway, Rogue Interrobang CEO, who has 2 decades of intersectional experience as an advocate with lived experience (inside and outside the university).

Part 2
What is it really like for neurodivergent individuals within Oxford University? There are many barriers for neurodivergent individuals to entering, and thriving, in the workplace.

This case study will address how and why accessibility is important and how we can all make small changes so that no matter who you are, whatever challenges or abilities you have, we can overcome. In this session, independent researcher Colin Larkworthy, who has collaborated extensively with many academics and has participated in several psychological trials in the autism field, will be talking through accessibility in job descriptions, adaptive interviews, internal communication, retention and what he has learned from his own experiences navigating the workforce as a scientist and neurodivergent individual.

If you’ve ever asked “how did I get that job”, “where is that development I yearn for?”, or more importantly, “why is X job or jobs always out of reach?” – or if you work with people and communities who experience these difficulties (**spoiler alert – that’s all of us) this session will have what you “aut” to know to start creating thriving workspaces, in alternative and innovate ways.”