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Unionlearn announces Disability Champions milestone

Unionlearn, the TUC's education and skills organisation, has announced that there are now more than 500 Disability Champions helping disabled workers to negotiate with employers to fulfil their needs, and raising awareness of disability issues at work.

The idea for Disability Champions emerged from a joint project between manufacturing and professional union Amicus and TUC Education which began in 2003.

Unionlearn has established a thirty-hour course to train trade union members in disability issues. Some of the issues covered on the course include: conducting access audits of buildings, documents, and policies; influencing recruitment procedures; and negotiating reasonable adjustments.

Liz Rees, unionlearn trade union education manager said: "It's a mark of the trade unions' commitment to equality in the workplace that the Disability Champions' course, run by unionlearn with TUC Education, has attracted such a variety of people who are actively raising awareness of disability issues.

"This is a fantastic milestone, although there is still a long way to go until there is equality of opportunity for all workers, but in the meanwhile thousands of individuals are reaping the benefits from the dedicated work of the Disability Champions."

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