IP Ability is the IP Inclusive community for disabled people, carers and 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 are 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


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 two relevant IP Inclusive webinars: “Enabling not disabling” (July 2019) and “Colleagues on the autism spectrum” (September 2019).

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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Previous events

Disability, Webinars

Colleagues on the autism spectrum

Disability, Webinars

Enabling not Disabling


The IP Ability Committee

Jonathan Andrews

IP Ability committee

Reed Smith

Chris Clarke

IP Ability committee


Karen Genuardi

IP Ability committee

AA Thornton

Beth Marshall

IP Futures committee; IP Ability committee


Carolyn Pepper

IP Ability committee

Reed Smith

Marianne Privett

IP Ability lead

AA Thornton

Francesca Rivers

IP Ability committee

Cancer Research Technology

Debra Smith

IP Ability committee

Mayfin IP