When developing my confidence as a new business owner, what I found most helpful was the experience that came with time. As a disabled business owner, there can be added barriers to navigate; sometimes due to perceptions and attitude and other times due to the physical environment (and often, at the same time). These added barriers, along with being a new… Continue Reading 8 Lessons To Becoming A Confident Business Owner
I work best in the morning. Many people say that. I think it’s natural because that’s when we have our caffeine. But I have a slight issue at the moment. I can’t have coffee in the morning and go out straight afterwards. Why? I’m about to explain. Up until last year, I had Personal Assistants. Personal Assistants (PAs) supported me with my… Continue Reading I Need Coffee
Creating a better service for everyone On a personal note, there are so many occasions (about 4 or 5 a day) where I think “a disabled person was obviously not consulted when this was designed”. It’s so frustrating. It’s not only me who thinks this, just listen to the podcast. When I ask my interviewees what their biggest barrier to… Continue Reading Using the experiences of disabled people to create a better service for everyone
The Definition When researching disability training, you may have come across different organisations describing their training as either inclusion or awareness. This may, on the surface, seem no more than a choice of language. For some trainers it may be true. It can often be easy to overlap disability inclusion training with disability awareness training. However, the similarities that I… Continue Reading Disability Inclusion vs Disability Awareness Training
The Right Candidate When recruiting for a role, whether that role is paid or voluntary, full-time or part-time, you always want to make sure that you’re getting as much value for money as possible. You want to recruit somebody that will do the job to the best of their ability and support you to grow your project/business in the direction… Continue Reading Attracting Disabled Candidates
Recently I have been experiencing for myself the frustrations faced when going to buy a product. Thinking the product will enhance my independence however, often it has turned out to be inaccessible. With modern technology moving at the rate it is, we should be assuming that accessibility and inclusion in service/product design is a no brainer, but this is not… Continue Reading Inclusive Design – Designing For All
Recruit for Diversity Whether a one man band or a business employing millions, it is imperative that there is a culture that builds on the strengths of employees. As is in all organisations a diverse workforce is the best and only way to achieve this for certain. This is because a diverse workforce can utilise the experiences of everyone from… Continue Reading A Culture of Diversity
Well, the short answer is: Yes! Absolutely. Without a doubt Every single business in every single sector needs to be inclusive of disabled people: Disabled people as customers, disabled people as employees, disabled people as suppliers, disabled people as partners. The list goes on and on. By now, if you have read more than one of Celebrating Disability’s blogs, you… Continue Reading Does Your Business Really Need to be Accessible?
The Situation As a wheelchair user and a non-driver, I rely heavily on the train service to maintain relative independence. I consciously chose to live in an area that was not only on a train line but central to stations that would connect me to a large part of the country. Over the years, I have found that the service… Continue Reading Not Another Wheelchair User!
It costs to overlook disability Along with the other supplier processes that you need such as HR, Business Development and Sales, Disability Equality is an essential. A lot of people think that disability equality and inclusion is “a nice to have but not an imperative”. I’m going to tell you why this statement is wrong. Human Resources The HR process is… Continue Reading Disability Equality – The Overlooked Essential for Any Business