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What makes our Leadership Academy Programme so different?

17 January 2018

The Leadership Academy programme (LAP), is a career development programme, designed for the progression of employees with lived experience of disability and/or long term health conditions. 

This programme has been recognised by The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and aims to not view having a disability as a disadvantage, but to realise the unique advantage the employee already has, drawing upon the day to day skills set, that they already utilise.

We achieve the success of the programme through four intensive training days, delivered by disability and leadership specialist trainers based in London and a work based project and group presentation. We also provide a comprehensive mentoring programme, which is undertaken by senior professionals, who work tirelessly with their assigned delegate, to assist them in realising their career development goals. 

We often get asked what makes our programme different to others?

LAP is different because:

  • Employees have the benefit of learning away from their place of work, which gives a reflective edge to the programme.


  • Employees are able to speak about any difficulties, challenges etc, in a safe and confidential setting.


  • Employees gain knowledge from delegates and mentors from different sectors, which can help with perspective.


  • Employees have an ongoing network/alumni to continue to glean information and establish long term relationships with others outside of their place of work.


  • Learning outside of their place of work means that delegates experience new ways of working, improved approaches to their current work, and develop good practice which they can bring back to work and add value to their organisation.


  • Whilst other training programmes may not preclude employees with disabilities from taking part, this programme offers a high focus on the differences and opportunities that disability and health conditions bring. It establishes realistic and tried methods of addressing concerns, fears and reservations, enhances current skills and how to approach and overcome obstacles and identifies ways in which they can improve and have growth, as new leaders in their place of work.


  • This programme is a great way for companies to complement and add value to existing work on diversity and to ensure that they have disability very much addressed as a part of their good practice.


To find out more, and to register your interest for the 2018-19 cohort, please contact Katrina Morris via katrina.morris@disabilityrightsuk.org or 0203 687 0778

 Companies and organisations we have worked with

Companies and organisations we have worked with