Dear all,
Welcome to the November newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED). Please share it with your colleagues and let us know about items you would like included in future newsletters.  You can now also keep in touch with us on Twitter @ICED_LSHTM.

Hannah Kuper and Allen Foster
International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Popularity of new training material – new translations planned

The new training manual for families of children with cerebral palsy, launched last June, is proving to be very popular. So far organisations from more than 40 countries around the world have downloaded the material, and plans are underway to translate it into Spanish, Bengali and Arabic. If your organisation is planning to translate the material, then do please get in touch with us.
We are interested to hear from other organisations planning to use the training material as we plan to set up a ‘Community of Practice’ linking the different user groups.

Please contact Maria Zuurmond if you are interested in translating the material and/or being part of a Community of Practice in the future: email Maria at

This material is FREE to download from our website.

LSHTM services for staff with disabilities

LSHTM holds the Two Ticks (Disability) symbol and has signed up to the following 5 commitments;
  • to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy;
  • to annually offer the opportunity for disabled staff to have a discussion as to what they can do to develop their abilities;
  •  to make every effort then employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment;
  • to take action to ensure that all  employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness;
  • every year, review the five commitments and what has been achieved.
LSHTM has a policy on supporting disabled staff. Download a copy of the policy (PDF).

Staff are encouraged to discuss any support needs they may have with their manager in the first instance.  They can contact the Equality and Diversity Manager, Hilary Lowe at any time at:

LSHTM services for students with disabilities

LSHTM's Student Adviser (Frankie Edwards) provides comprehensive disability support to individuals from application stage to the end of studies. Students who declare a disability at application are contacted so that LSHTM can ensure that any reasonable adjustments can be made. Once registered, disabled students are invited to meet with the Student Adviser to confirm support, in the form of a Learning Support Agreement which sets out what practical arrangements will be put in place by LSHTM. Support offered includes:
  • extra time in assessments
  • free loan of equipment e.g. dictaphones to record lectures and seminars
  • dyslexia screening and arranging full educational psychologist assessments
  • extended library loans
  • specialist technology (for example screen-reading software)

LSHTM Staff Development Course on Disability Awareness

Date: Wednesday 6 November, 10 am - 1 pm
Objectives: To gain an understanding of the legal obligations toward disabled people, a understanding of the rights of disabled employees and students, a wider understanding of disability: who is a disabled person?  How to interact with disabled people in day-to-day situations, identifying where practice can be easily improved and  Increase knowledge of the School’s disability policy.
Applications: LSHTM staff interested in attending this programme should send in a completed and signed Course Booking Form to Talent and Educational Development as soon as possible.

Upcoming seminars at LSHTM

Studying blindness, there’s an app for that.... Seminar hosted by the International Centre for Eye Health. Thursday 21st November. 12:15pm - 1:30pm. John Snow Lecture Theatre, LSHTM. This event is ticketed and registration is required to attend. 

In celebration of International Day for Persons with Disabilities we will be holding a seminar on HIV and disability at LSHTM on Tuesday 3 December, 5:30-7:00 followed by a drinks reception. Speakers include: Hannah Kuper, Akash Devendra, Jamilah Meghji and Melanie Abass.

External visitors are welcome to attend our seminars.  Please reply to this email if you would like to attend so that we can ensure you have access to the seminar room once you arrive at the venue.

LSHTM location map and directions

External events of interest

Conceptualising the linkages between the social determinants of health and disability
Speaker: Raymond Lang.
Date: Tuesday 12th November from 5pm-7pm. 
Location: G38 William Farr Seminar Room, 1-19 Torrington Place, UCL, London WC1E 7HB United Kingdom 
Part of a series jointly organised by the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre and the Institute for Global Health, and funded by UCL Futures. All welcome.
More information and how to register

UK Premiere of A Whole Lott More – a film by Victor Buhler
Date: Monday 18 November 2013, 19:30.
Location: King's Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG United Kingdom 
The need for a wider range of employment options for people with developmental disabilities has never been greater. A Whole Lott More is a feature-length documentary film that will change the way you think about jobs for people with disabilities.  Followed by a Q&A with: Victor Buhler - Director Ade Adepitan - Broadcaster and Paralympian Patrick Butler - Editor of Society, Health and Education Policy for the Guardian Dima Yared- Human Rights Officer, OHCHR Moderated by: Jess Search - Chief Executive, BRITDOC 
Places are limited. Buy tickets through Kings Place's online system.

Disability History Month 2013 Launch Event
Date: Tuesday 19 November (5:30pm to 8:30pm)
Location: The Abbey Centre, Westminster, London United Kingdom 
Tickets are free but you need to register by emailing Nancy at

Recent publications

International conference on Evidence in Global Disability and Health

Abstract submission is still open. Please contact us if you would like to host a workshop or talk at this conference:
Date: February 22-23, 2014
Location: Hyderabad, India
Hosted by: Public Health Foundation of India and ICED    
More information about this conference on the ICED website

Forthcoming courses

For more information about any of the following courses please contact us at

Global Disability and Health. Public Health Foundation of India. Location: Hyderabad. Dates: February 24-28, 2014.

LSHTM Hearing courses     
  • The short course Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment was held at Hyderabad, India from 23-27 September, 2013. The course was conducted by The South Asia Centre for Disability Inclusive Development & Research, PHFI in collaboration with International Centre for Evidence in Disability. The aim of the course is to enable participants to understand the magnitude and causes of hearing impairment and plan for the challenges of providing hearing care in developing countries. 45 participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Nigeria, and Qatar attended the short course. Participants included audiologists, public health specialists, ENT professionals and residents and speech therapists.
  • The course is due to run for the second time in South Africa in collaboration with the University of Cape Town from 25-29 November 2013.
  • In 2014, the course is scheduled to run for the first time in Nairobi 10-14 February, and in Lima 10-14 March.  The course in Lima will be the first time we have delivered the course in a language other than English.  In addition to Nairobi and Lima, the course will also run as in previous years in London (June), Hyderabad (September) and Cape Town (October). 
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