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Outcomes and Achievements summary chart 2001-2002 - by Carol Hicks

2001-2002 In the current year we planned to:

Progress at 31 March 2002
· Publish a new web-based listings guide Into Further Education 2002 for disabled students. Now available on
· Publish Into Higher Education 2002 in paper and in new web-based format. Launched by Margaret Hodge Minister of State for Lifelong Learning on 17 Sept. 2001.
· Run a series of training days for students and colleges on the impact of including education in the Disability Discrimination Act part IV. 6 Skill events in England and 4 in Scotland completed. 3 events completed in NI on S.75 of Northern Ireland Act 1998. Over 5,000 people received presentations UK-wide. Requests for presentations and training at other organisations exceeding capacity. New guides in preparation.

· Carry out disability audits in colleges and universities on compliance with DDA

2 completed in England, 2 in Wales, 3 in Northern Ireland. 3 others contracted.

· Continue to make changes to our website with more information and features and to make it even more accessible to all disabled people.

New fully accessibility website available (100% Bobby compliant); further enhancements due mid 2002. Website focus group established.

· Publish a guide to volunteering opportunities for disabled people Into Volunteering.

Published 21 June; launched 21 October by Angela Eagle MP, Minister with responsibility for the voluntary sector.

· Build on and disseminate project work. New projects to be identified.

Projects performing very well and on target. EQoL project launched February. New work area on Prisons. New 2-year volunteering project funded.

· Answer even more enquiries, particularly on the new education rights for disabled people. Target to reach 150,000 individuals and more through organisations, via website, email, letter and phone.

Enquiries from 206,000 individuals and over 2,500 organisations. 2,600 publications sold. 50 new members, mostly training providers.

Projected outcomes for Skill in 2002/2003

· Launch and promote Skill's accessible website

· Publish electronic versions of
Into Higher Education 2003 and Into Further Education 2003

· Promote the Code of Practice for DDA part IV and advise education institutions as they prepare implementation plans for September 2002 and subsequent key implementation dates

· Aim to advise 250,000 disabled individuals and organisations on opportunities for learning and training

· Influence policy makers through strategically targeted conferences and networking opportunities

· Continue to address omissions to the DDA through current legislation in co-operation with other agencies and consortia

· Increase PR through press releases, external publications and marketing

· Develop audit services for HE and FE institutions

· Evaluate, both internally and externally Skill's Information and Research project

· Achieve start-up funding for an office in Wales and hold an event in Wales

· Commence a new volunteering project and continue with existing learning difficulty projects. Identify new projects

· In Scotland promote a training package for education establishments, complete key worker handbook, administer survey on examination methods for disabled people, run a disabled student's event

· Develop devolved structure for the Northern Ireland branch enabling continued affiliated status within Skill

· Skill N Ireland to run briefing seminars on proposed SENDA legislation and provide FE audits


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