International work Consultancy & Conference Development

Mark Gray has a long history of international work. He started with the European Blind Union (EBU) as RNIB’s representative on the  European Committee of the Multi Handicapped Blind, serving from 1993 to 2005.

He was the co organiser of two conferences. One on Timely Intervention  (special help for special needs) in Bad Berleburg Germany, in 1995. A second conference in Athens Greece on (Transition to adult services), in November 1998.

In addition, Mark was a regular contributor to the International Council for the Education of the Visually Impaired (ICEVI), and was a keynote speaker in two conferences. One in Krakow Poland in 1999 and one in the Netherlands in 2003.

Mark was also involved in the planning and organisation of the first National Network of Learning Disability Nursing  (NNLDN) Conference in Dublin Ireland in 2008.

Most recently, Mark has been working with the British Council in Azerbaijan. Running two days of specialist workshops for Education professionals working with children with Autism in Baku December 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark travelled out again in December 2017. To be a Keynote speaker on Employment of People with Disabilities as part of phase one on a nationwide project.  launching equality legislation, and rehabiltation programmes for people with a disability.

In November 2019 Mark worked with the Ministry of Labour & Social protection. Reviewing progress on employment and rehabilitation since the equality act launch in Azerbaijan in 2018. The project included a three day fact finding tour. Meeting stakeholders, of government, NGO’s, people with disabilities, ministers, and Rehabiltation programmes.

It Culminated in a conference, and a workshop for 70 government officials. On reasonable adjustment, designing tax incentives and accessibility.

A final report on the projects, with many recommendations was produced and delivered in December 2019. It is hoped this will now result in an official visit by  the Azerbaijan Ministry of Labour to the UK in 2020.

With phase three of the project expected in 2020 to 2021. It is expected to look at extending opportunities to apprenticeships and extending accessibility programmes. Also the development of training programmes run by people with disabilities to employers and building designers.

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to know more about Consultancy or Training in the UK or overseas please contact me direct at  mark@markgrayassociates.co.uk

 

 

 

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