Here are links to some websites that may be of interest.

Naidex is proud to partner with the Association of Disabled Professionals


The Association of Disabled Professionals (ADP) provides support and advice for disabled people in the professions and those with managerial positions.  They also provide support to disabled people who are, or who wish to, set up in their own business through the Disabled Entrepreneurs’ Network.  Indeed, START Ability Services is proud to host the ADP’s Work Advice Service.

The ADP has also won several accolades including RADAR’s People of the Year Human Rights Awards 2009 for “Doing Careers Differently”, the Social Care Awards 2017 for Best Disadvantaged Career Development Specialists – UK, and the Social Care Awards 2018 Best Disability Business Support Provider – UK, in recognition of ADP’s commitment to supporting disabled people to achieve their full potential with regards to employment and self employment.  If you would like to see more information about ADP’s award, please visit their News and Events page .

After last year’s very successful partnership, the ADP is pleased to again be partnering with Naidex for their 2018 event.  Naidex is Europe’s most exciting event dedicated to the disability, independent living and healthcare professional sectors. Taking place at the NEC Birmingham on the 25th and 26th April, this esteemed event provides cutting-edge exhibitors, world-class CPD accredited seminars, live demos, 1-2-1 advice and unparalleled networking opportunities, over two unforgettable days. And it’s absolutely free to attend!

As well as exhibiting at the event, Kath Sutherland is also holding a seminar on the barriers that disabled people face in the workforce.  So do register for your FREE ticket here and come along to say hello!


Evenbreak, a not-for-profit social enterprise, was formed to achieve three aims:

  • To help inclusive employers attract more talented disabled people;
  • To help disabled jobseekers find work with employers who will value their skills;
  • To promote the business benefits of employing disabled people.

With Evenbreak, inclusive employers can be confident that they will attract additional disabled candidates than they will attract from other media. Disabled jobseekers can be confident that employers who have chosen to place their vacancies on this site are serious about looking beyond their disabilities to identify what skills they have to offer.

Evenbreak is run by disabled people, for disabled people. As a social enterprise we are keen to promote a positive image of disabled people in employment, and any surplus income will fund positive publicity campaigns promoting the benefits of employing disabled people, to balance out some of the current negative, and inaccurate, portrayals of disabled people in the media.

Equal Approach is a leading inclusive recruiter and diversity consultancy, supporting organisations to attract, recruit, recognise, retain and promote diverse talent, and make workplaces more inclusive. They recruit for thousands of vacancies each year and we’re always on the lookout for great talent from all backgrounds.

PINNT logo

As the UK wide charity and support group committed to improving the daily lives of all adults and children receiving artificial nutrition (AN) therapies, PINNT is committed to improving awareness and understanding of those therapies, as well as patient experience and interaction with health and care services.

PINNT is a national, independent, not for profit membership charity established for over 25 years providing mutual support and understanding to hundreds of adults and children and their families adapting to life on home artificial nutrition. PINNT provides this support direct via local and regional groups, online via forums and literature and a national telephone and email helpline.

Since 2013, PINNT has held an Awareness Week in August and has featured responses and pledges from professional organisations, which are available on the PINNT website together with several patient stories each day. Indeed, Kath Sutherland was featured as one of the stories for this first ever Awareness Week, as well as her story being featured in the Bolton News.

European SME Week logo

European SME Week 2010, took place from 25 May to 1 June 2010 and START (Ability) were the UK Ambassadors for the week. The European SME Week aims to: –

  • Provide information on what the EU and national, regional and local authorities are offering as support to micro, small and medium-sized businesses;
  • Promote entrepreneurship so that more people, and in particular younger ones, seriously consider becoming an entrepreneur as a career option;
  • Give recognition to entrepreneurs for their contribution to Europe’s welfare, jobs, innovation and competitiveness.

Launched in 2009, the European SME Week is coordinated by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry as one of the measures implementing Principle 1 of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA), which states that “the EU and Member States should create an environment within which entrepreneurs and family businesses can thrive and entrepreneurship is rewarded”.

European SME Week 2010 was a pan-European campaign taking place in 37 participating countries.  Events were organised at national, regional or local level by business organisations, business support providers, as well as by national, regional and local authorities in the participating countries. These events were an opportunity for existing SMEs to share their experiences and to further develop their businesses.

If you would like to know more about this event, you can download the brochure featuring all the European Ambassadors.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Logo

NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.

The British Psychological Society (BPS) Logo

The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK.