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Access all areas

october 2021

about the campaign

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Before the pandemic, it was already difficult for young people with additional needs or disabilities to enter the world of work. In many cases, workplaces weren’t flexible enough to accommodate those who needed their working environment to be adapted in some way. And in some cases, employers were not flexible enough in their attitudes to see the value in employing people who were different to them. 

Our Access All Areas campaign is the first of its kind. It aims to open up the world of work to young people with additional needs or disabilities in a way never possible previously. Through our Access All Areas campaign, we aim to inspire positive change across the UK, so that young people with disabilities can make more informed career choices and approach their future with confidence. 

To help this campaign to reach as many young people as possible, we will be hosting opportunities throughout October 2021, including: 


Running throughout October 2021, we will be hosting a series of Broadcasts and school VTalks with eminent leaders from a range of different industries who either have additional needs or disabilities themselves or are leading the charge for improved inclusion for people with additional needs or disabilities in the workplace.  

Individual schools can also apply to host a talk for students at their school. 


Following successful pilot schemes held last spring, we have over 30 leading employers who will be offering UK-wide work experience placements for young people with SEND/ASN/ALN as part of our Access All Areas campaign throughout the month of October. 


Access All Areas is hosted and run by Speakers for Schools as part of our commitment to open up the world of work to young people with additional needs or disabilities from all backgrounds across the UK. 


Speakers for Schools was founded in 2010 by ITV’s Political Editor Robert Peston, and supported by the Law Family Charitable Foundation, with a mission to level the playing field for young people. It aims to end educational inequality by giving access to the same networks as the top fee-paying schools in the UK through inspirational talks and broadcasts, work placements, meaningful discounts and life-preparing opportunities.