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Real life: me and my disability THE IMPACT OF LIVING WITH A DISABILITY


Breakfast Seminar hosted by Baker McKenzie; Central London

If we are serious about engaging with disabled students and bringing them into our organisations, we have to understand them and the best way to do this is to hear what they have to say. We need to hear their stories, their experiences, their concerns and their questions, and understand what will make the difference for them when it comes to recruitment, support and the workplace.

This Breakfast Seminar will provide you with the opportunity to do just this as we will be joined by students and recent graduates who will talk from first-hand experience about their disability. They will share insights about how their disability affects them, how they manage it and the impact it has had on their studies, extra-curricular activities and their time at university. They will also talk about how they feel regards applying for jobs, entering employment and requesting the support they require in order to realise their potential.

As we listen, we will also be reminded of the abilities, skills and strengths that individuals often develop as they manage their disability on a day to day basis in a world that isn’t always geared up for it; skills that are a huge asset in the workplace.

As ever, our Breakfast Seminar will be interactive and designed to encourage delegates to engage in conversations with students and graduates and to ask the questions that they normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to ask or feel comfortable in doing so.


Disability and student life
Helen Cooke, Director, My Plus, will start the seminar by sharing some insights she has gained in this area.

First-hand experience
In small groups, individuals will talk about their personal experiences of having a disability and the implications for themselves.

This is the opportunity for delegates to discuss in more depth what they have heard and to consider the implications on how they attract, recruit and support disabled students.



Jonathan Andrews

Jonathan is an associate at Reed Smith, in the firm’s Entertainment and Media team, and is a member of the firm’s disability network, LEADRS. He is also a trustee/non-executive director of the national charity Ambitious about Autism.

Jonathan applied to law firms, and secured a trainee positions, being open about being on the autistic spectrum, focusing on the strengths being on the spectrum can give as well as the strengths that learning to manage a disability can provide. He continues to speak at networking events to discuss the benefits of being open, and this year secured a newly qualified position.

Breakfast Seminars are exclusively for members of the Recruiters’ Club. They are ideal for anyone wishing to build their understanding of different types of disabilities and the impact it can have on the individual in their studies, extra-curricular activities and the workplace.

MyPlus Recruiters’ Club Platinum and Gold members are entitled to 2 complimentary places. If space permits additional places may be available to Platinum and Gold members. Alternatively, additional places may be purchased by members at a reduced price of £175 +VAT

Silver members may purchase places at a reduced price of £175 + VAT. Contact to purchase places.

Read more about the MyPlus Recruiters’ Club.