The IP Ability committee are keen to spread the word about their work, and about the importance of inclusivity for disabled people and carers in the IP professions. It all helps to get conversations going and remove some of the stigma around disability. That in turn helps us become more confident about the way we support disabled colleagues and employees, as well as carers. Perhaps even more importantly, it makes it easier for disabled people and carers to speak up about the support and adjustments they need in order to make the contributions they know they are capable of.
Committee members have provided the following articles and interviews in IP sector publications:
- An article on tackling the stigma of disability in IP, for World Trademark Review: also see our summary here
- The cover story, “Sense check”, for the February 2020 issue of CITMA Review, about supporting colleagues on the autism spectrum
- An article in World Intellectual Property Review‘s June 2020 “Influential Women in IP 2020” publication, which included contributions from IP Ability committee co-leads Marianne Privett and Francesca Rivers
- A July 2020 article for World Trademark Review, on the results of IP Ability’s 2019 launch survey and the need for better disability support in the IP professions
- An episode of CIPA’s “Two IPs in a Pod” podcast series in September 2020, discussing IP Ability’s background, activities and future plans
We are grateful to these publications for helping us to publicise the great work that IP Ability are doing. We hope it empowers more people to get involved in the campaign for change.
You may also be interested in the July 2020 interview we recorded with IP Ability committee member Jonathan Andrews, on the topic of “Allies & Intersectionality”.
If you can help us with future publicity, please contact IPAbility Network@gmail.com.