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IP Ability is the IP Inclusive community for disabled people, carers and their allies working within the IP professions. We provide a supportive and informative network focusing on the issues relating to disability and long-term health conditions of all kinds, be they mental or physical, visible or invisible, permanent or temporary, sudden onset or progressive.

IP Ability intends to:

  • provide support for those already working within the IP professions, in all roles and at all stages of their careers.
  • encourage and assist stakeholders in making the IP professions accessible, inclusive and welcoming for disabled people and those in care-giving roles.
  • raise awareness and understanding of disability within the IP professions.

The IP Ability community is run by a small volunteer committee. If you’re interested in being part of the committee or taking more of an active role in the community, please email us or join our LinkedIn group. We would love to hear from you, whether with questions, offers of help or suggestions for future activities. Our current committee members are shown further down this page.

To receive updates about our activities and events, you can sign up to the IP Inclusive mailing list here and select IP Ability as one of your communities of interest. (Please note that if you’re already signed up to one of our mailing lists, when you submit the form you will be asked to “update your preferences”.)

 

Join our LinkedIn group, follow us on Twitter (@IP_Ability) or email us: LinkedIn Twitter Email

Our launch survey

We decided to begin our work by getting a better idea of current levels of support in the IP sector for disabled people and carers. We wanted to know how much awareness and understanding there is, among both employers and employees, about suitable workplace adjustments; whether people feel comfortable asking for support; and generally how “disability-confident” our organisations are. We launched our inaugural survey in November 2019 and we’ll be analysing and reporting the results shortly. We hope to use the information to help shape our 2020 plans, allowing us to target support and awareness-raising to the areas where they’re most needed.

The survey was open to all IP professionals, whatever their role and career level. Importantly, it was just as much for people who don’t have disabilities or caring responsibilities as for those who do: this will give us valuable information about the extent of any problems that the responses identify. We’re extremely grateful to everyone who took part.

Resources

We hope soon to publish a collection of useful links and resources to help IP professionals become more disability-confident.

In the meantime, here are links to recordings of three relevant IP Inclusive webinars: “Enabling not disabling” (July 2019), “Colleagues on the autism spectrum” (September 2019) and “Inclusivity and the menopause” (February 2020). And below you can listen to an audio recording of the discussions at our 3 December 2019 launch gathering:

 

You may also find our Mental Health and Wellbeing page useful, or the “News and Features” posts below.

We would love to hear from you with your suggestions, both about resources you already know of and those you’d like to find here. Please also check out IP Inclusive’s main Resources page for other materials relevant to diversity and inclusion.

Upcoming events

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IP & ME, IP Ability, IP Futures, IP Out, Regional events, Women in IP

Allies & supporters networking event: Postponed

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IP Inclusive

Allies & intersectionality: our annual diversity breakfast

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IP Ability

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Previous events

IP Ability, Webinars, Women in IP

Inclusivity and the menopause

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IP Ability

IP Ability: informal launch gathering

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Disability, Webinars

Colleagues on the autism spectrum

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Disability, Webinars

Enabling not Disabling

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The IP Ability committee

Jonathan Andrews

IP Ability committee

Reed Smith

Caelia Bryn-Jacobsen

IP Ability committee

Kilburn & Strode

Chris Clarke

IP Ability committee

Vectura

Karen Genuardi

IP Ability committee

AA Thornton

Beth Marshall

IP Futures committee; IP Ability committee

Murgitroyd

Carolyn Pepper

IP Ability committee

Reed Smith

Marianne Privett

IP Ability co-lead

AA Thornton

Francesca Rivers

IP Ability co-lead

Cancer Research Technology

Debra Smith

IP Ability committee

Mayfin IP