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Ability Programme: Disability Employment Rights

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Room MAL G22

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People with disabilities often find that they do not have equal access to employment, despite anti-discrimination legislation and relevant government initiatives. 

Many disabled students are receiving false or misinformed advice on their employment rights and how to approach the workplace. In response to this, Muscular Dystrophy UK in collaboration with the Disability Law Service has developed a remarkable Employment Rights Workshop for disabled students.


Who can attend a Disability Employment Rights Workshop?

Our event is open to Birkbeck Students and graduates who have either visible or non-visible disability. Because of the nature of this workshop,  places are limited to 15.

Why should you take the time to attend this?

Many students with disabilities feel unsure of their employment rights, this workshop aims to empower them by providing the right knowledge and confidence to use all the available support they are entitled to, and help them to succeed in their professional lives.

As a result, by the end of this workshop you will gain an understanding of:

- Reasonable adjustments in the workplace
- When to disclose a disability
- Government’s scheme Access to Work (what is it & what does it cover & how can you claim it?)
- What is your entitlement to specialist disability advisors
- Other important information about different types of discrimination at work, sickness absence and raising grievances.

Possible work experience opportunities:

External Muscular Dystrophy UK Partner Project:

Eligible students will have a unique opportunity to briefly discuss possible work experience opportunities. In partnership with and generously supported by the City Bridge Trust, Muscular Dystrophy UK is  able to offer young disabled students (aged 16 to 30) hands-on training, mentoring and work experience in placements as part of their Moving Up Programme.

All placements will begin in Muscular Dystrophy UK’s London office, with the potential opportunity to take advantage of our links with external organisations to undertake further placements.

Students who fall outside of the criteria for this project can be supported by Birkbeck Futures Recruitment service in finding internships and may also be able to apply for limited work experience  opportunities on the Ability Programme which will take place Summer 2020.


**This event is exclusive to Students and Graduates regsitered with the Ability Programme at Birkbeck. Please contact us with any accessibilty requirements you may have.**

For information on how to regsiter with the programme,  please email


Contact name:

  • Emma Vogelmann -

    Emma Vogelmann is the Work Experience Development Officer at Muscular Dystrophy UK. She leads on the charity’s work on disabled employment by running the Moving Up programme and leading on policy in this area.

    Emma authored the ‘Ready and Able’ report on the barriers to employment faced by young disabled people – the report was launched in Parliament in May 2019. Emma has been at MDUK since April 2017 where she interned with the Campaigns team for four months before being hired as the Employability Officer in October 2017.