International Day of Disabled People 2019

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In acknowledgement of International Day of the Disabled Person

'Havering - The Future is Accessible' (Official theme)

Havering Council in conjunction with Salvation Army Romford

Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 9.00am to 4.30pm, Salvation Army Romford

Havering Council believes that disabled women, men, and young people should experience the same sense of freedom of access and opportunity as non-disabled people. Dignity is only possible where access is a reality; this includes access to jobs, educational and training opportunities, care services, public transport, shopping, social venues, sporting and every other place or service. The purpose of this important event is to listen to the access experiences and aspirations of local disabled people and their carers with a view to developing a local disabled persons strategy, and to:

  • Identify and remove barriers to future access, inclusion and freedom in all aspects of life in Havering

  • Explain what Council services are doing re disability and a) Children’s and Educational Services b) Adult Care Services c) Housing d) the Environment and e) to showcase the work of partner agencies such as the Police, NHS, Fire Brigade, the charity and voluntary sector

  • Ask local disabled people to help inform the objectives of a local Disabled Person Strategy for Havering

To be opened by the Mayor of Havering, speakers on the day will include disabled people and a cross range of local and wider services. Councillor Damian White, the Leader of Havering Council, Andrew Blake-Herbert, the Council's Chief Executive, and senior managers representing different statutory and non-statutory services will also be speaking. As well as a comprehensive agenda, participants will enjoy a free lunch and refreshments.

BSL signers will be present all day.

AGENDA ( - subject to change in advance of event)

09:00 Registration, tea and coffee

09:30 Sandy Hamberger, Chair - Agenda and House Keeping

09:40 Councillor Michael Deon Burton, Mayor of Havering – Welcome

09:45 Councillor Jason Frost - Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care Services

09:55 Andrew Blake-Herbert, Chief Executive, LB Havering Council – Excellent Services Means Accessible Services!

10:05 Andrew Sykes - Feedback from 2018 event

10:15 Havering Association of Disabled People TBC

10:30 Sycamore Trust (Autism spectrum and Learning Disability) TBC

10:40 Havering MIND TBC

10:50 TfL speaker - Accessible Public Transport TBC

11:10 Break

11.25 Amanda Montague – Havering Works - Access to Skills, Training and Employment

11:40 Girish Barber, Disability Employment Advisor, Department for Work & Pensions -- Practical Access in the Workplace

12:00 Service User/Resident - My Access Experience

12:10 AccessAble -- How Accessible is Havering?

12:25 Met Police -- Reporting Hate Crime TBC

12:35 Sapphire Sports Centre - A Fully Accessible Sports Venue

12:50 Keynote speaker: Brock Whiston, Local Swimming Champion and Inspiration

13:05 Lunch

13:50 Robert South and Trevor Cook - Accessible Education and Care Services for Disabled Young People TBC

14:10 Patrick Oling-Smee and Barry Francis - Accessible Housing and Environment TBC

14:30 Barbara Nicholls - Towards An Holistic Disabled Person Strategy in Havering

14:45 Breakout session. The purpose is to identify relevant strategic objectives and success outcomes by disability/impairment:

  • Physical Disability
  • Mental Health
  • Autism, Learning Disability/Difficulty
  • Sensory Impairment x 3 (sight, hearing, speech)
  • Hidden disability/impairment (MS, Diabetes, cancer, HIV etc.)
  • Children/Young People (TBC)
  • Carers/Parents
  • LB Havering Disabled staff

15:20 Break tea/coffee

15:40 Breakout Feedback and Plenary Q&A (Chair Cllr Viddy Persaud)

16:05 Barbara Nicholls - What happens next?

16:10 Councillor Damian White, the Leader, Havering Council - Our Commitment to Dignity for All

16:20 Andrew Blake-Herbert, LBH CEO to close

**Event on-site stalls or displays**: TBC

  • London Fire Brigade
  • TfL
  • Positive Parents
  • LBH Disability Transport Services
  • Havering works
  • Hate Crime (prevention and reporting)
  • MIND
  • HAD
  • AccessAble
  • Adults Services?
  • Children’s Services?
  • Community Safety re Hate Crime

Date and Time

Tuesday 3 December 2019

09:00 – 16:30 GMT

For more information about this event: or telephone 01708 431915


Salvation Army, Romford

49 High Street



More information please contact: or call him on 01708 431915


The International Day of People with Disability is observed on 3rd December each year. The day is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The day takes place annually and focuses on a different issue each year. 1981 was proclaimed as the International Year of Disabled Persons by the United Nations General Assembly. The theme of the year was “full participation and equality”. After this, they proclaimed 1983 until 1992 as the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons. Nowadays International Day of People with Disability seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. A disability may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. A disability may be present from birth or occur during a person’s lifetime. “Disability” is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations and participations restrictions. An individual may also qualify as disabled if he or she has had an impairment in the past or is seen disabled based on a personal or group standard or norm.

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