Forum for Leaders of Inclusive Cultures – Disability Inclusion

23 May 2022

Disabled people are 28.6 percentage points less likely to be in employment than non-disabled people. But Scope and the Social Market Foundation have estimated that even halving this disability employment gap would boost UK output by around £50 billion a year.

Disability inclusive employment would not only improve disabled people’s job opportunities and increase job satisfaction but it would also benefit the economy and support post-pandemic recovery by providing employers with the widest possible talent pool and addressing skills shortage.

Join this free event where a panel will discuss their work and how organisations can build truly diverse and inclusive cultures for disabled staff.


  • Welcome and introduction to session by Kulbir Shergill (Director of Social Inclusion, University of Warwick).
  • Overview of Pearn Kandola research on disability declarations, mental health, and how to support reasonable adjustments by Jonathan Taylor (Managing Psychologist, Pearn Kandola).
  • Panel discussion chaired by Binna Kandola (Senior Partner and co-founder, Pearn Kandola).
  • Concluding remarks.


The West Midlands is in the process of rapid economic, technological, social, environmental, and cultural change. Diversity of thought is recognised as a critical factor in remaining competitive through innovation and creativity in a fast-moving environment. Yet our region lacks diversity in leadership positions.

Through this forum we want to bring leaders in the region together to learn, share, and shape the dialogue in their organisations and in the region to develop and nurture a workforce by building inclusive cultures and employer brands.

FLIC is supported by the University of Warwick, Pearn Kandola, Coventry City Council, and Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

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