HEAD OF ENGAGEMENT
Profoundly deaf since birth, Steve Dering joined Direct Access nearly three years ago having previously worked as a fire risk consultant advising organisations on evacuation for people of determination. His Masters dissertation at the UK’s Manchester Metropolitan University focused on the perceptions of people of determination in evacuation methodologies and has been the subject of academic conferences in Europe.
He is a Graduate Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and is an Advanced Accessibility Consultant with the International Association of Accessibility Professionals. He has worked in the United Arab Emirates since 2018 and moved to Dubai in January 2019 advising organisations on the Dubai Universal Design Code. He has worked both with architectural firms on new developments and those managing existing developments.
He has published articles on accessibility and the Dubai Universal Design Code as well as presented on the subject at events across the United Arab Emirates.