Ensuring your Christmas Party is Inclusive for All

Esi HardyAccessibility, Business, Employees, Inclusion, Purple PoundLeave a Comment

A christmas tree decorated white

Yes I know… it’s only October and I’m already dropping the “C” word. Believe me – I’m not happy. But there’s a good reason for it and as December is fast approaching, the shops are beginning to stock Christmas Trees and stockings and the bars and restaurants are advertising bookings for Christmas parties, it’s a perfect time to offer you… Continue Reading Ensuring your Christmas Party is Inclusive for All

A Graduation on Crutches

Caroline SkinnerAccessibility, Attitudes, Customers, Guest Bloggers, Purple PoundLeave a Comment

2015 Graduation Cap

My Daughter’s Graduation I attended my daughter’s graduation at a Midlands University in July this year and  was impressed by the ceremony and the speakers etc but was completely unprepared for the feelings of sadness and frustration generated by the attitudes of staff and lack of useful facilities for my daughter,  who found herself  temporarily disabled and on crutches after… Continue Reading A Graduation on Crutches

Celebrating Disability Training Style

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people at a Celebrating Disability training session

Background I’ve spoken to and witnessed many training styles over the years. Being a participant in training and seminar events has opened my eyes to different styles and models that a trainer can use to deliver a message to the people in the room. As a self confessed impatient person, I need constant stimulation from the people around me to… Continue Reading Celebrating Disability Training Style

Flexible Working – Thinking Outside The Box

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Business women bending backwards whilst typing on laptop

The Business Case Many employers and managers miss out on having a diverse and experienced workforce because they don’t understand the potential benefits that come from hiring a part-time employee or one with a flexible working pattern. These are just a few of the comments that can be heard when people are talking about part-time employees and workers. Many employers… Continue Reading Flexible Working – Thinking Outside The Box

Supporting your Disabled Employees at Work

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business people talking round a table

Best Practice When researching best practice for managers supporting disabled people in the workplace, there are many articles and blogs on best ways to achieve a diverse workforce, alternates to standard interviews and why hiring disabled people makes good business sense. Some blogs that are recommended reading would include: Evenbreak – offering solutions that encourage a diverse workforce, Disability Smart… Continue Reading Supporting your Disabled Employees at Work

Top 5 tips for managing social media for business

Jenny WilliamsBusiness, Communication, Guest BloggersLeave a Comment

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Social media can be fantastic for raising awareness of your organisation It enables you to connect directly with your customers. It’s not a quick job – you may need to be patient when trying to attract followers – but there are tricks you can use to give your company the best shot attracting a following. 1. Find your voice Social… Continue Reading Top 5 tips for managing social media for business

Disability Inequality in the Workplace.

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Goldfish staring at black fish

Background Over the years I have consulted on, written and implemented policies that support personalisation and disability equality. I have, alongside colleagues with like minded ideals, delivered training, written workbooks and  created documents that support change to build a positive workforce that actively encourages and supports disabled people. And yet, disability inequality in the workplace is still rife. Since starting… Continue Reading Disability Inequality in the Workplace.

Disabled access in the workplace is all about attitude

Esi HardyAccessibility, Attitudes, Business, Communication, Employees, Inclusion, LanguageLeave a Comment

Wicker doll in between russian dolls

Access isn’t all physical When people think of disabled access and equality for disabled people, they most commonly think about the physical implications:  Ramp or level access into buildings, Accessible toilets, Physical access to public transport and so on… There is no denying that these are important, but when we think of where they come from, they all lead back to… Continue Reading Disabled access in the workplace is all about attitude

The Accessible Workplace

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Lady in a wheelchair sitting at computer and talking on the phone

As a physically disabled person using an electric wheelchair, I have been to many workplaces – some clearly more accessible than others. I always find it interesting to hear individual definitions of accessibility; some people feel that a building is accessible if the central room is on one level, even if it took 3 flights of stairs to get there.… Continue Reading The Accessible Workplace

Disability: What’s the problem?

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Blurry Paralympion Cyclists

According to statistics, 1.3 million disabled people in the UK are available and willing to work. Only half of disabled people in the UK of working age are in work compared to 80% of non disabled people in the UK These figures are staggering when you consider that only 50% of disabled people of working age are in employment. That’s 650,000 people.… Continue Reading Disability: What’s the problem?