Disabled person vs. person with… The debate continues

Esi HardyAttitudes, Communication, Customers, Employees, Inclusion, LanguageLeave a Comment

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The Context Over the last few months and throughout my career, there have been many conversations about whether the term “disabled people” should be utilised over the term “people with disabilities”. Whilst this is a personal choice, most people don’t fully appreciate the differentiation between the two. They therefore believe that it is just a turn of phrase and supports… Continue Reading Disabled person vs. person with… The debate continues

Harnessing the Experience of Disabled Employees

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New Year: New Start After the New Year, there a many things that people have intentions of doing differently. These are commonly known as New Year Resolutions.  With all the best intentions, many of us will not stick to these much past 31st January. However, one business resolution that could benefit your whole business would be to make your workplace… Continue Reading Harnessing the Experience of Disabled Employees

Is the Best Person Getting The Role?

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At networking meetings, events and workshops, people ask me about how to make a recruitment process accessible. The dos and don’ts and the application process. I think sometimes these processes can sound a lot more complicated than they actually are. The word “Disability” can prohibit people from thinking outside the box. But a disabled applicant is an applicant like any other.… Continue Reading Is the Best Person Getting The Role?

Can I Spend Money With You?

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The spending power of disabled people is over £250 billion per annum. However many businesses do not understand how to attract disabled people and support them to buy their products. Because of this, the majority of the Purple Pound (the disability spending power) can be spent with a minority of businesses. Due to a lack of disability equality training and… Continue Reading Can I Spend Money With You?

Ensuring your Christmas Party is Inclusive for All

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Yes I know… it’s only October and I’m already dropping the “C” word. Believe me – I’m not happy.  There’s a good reason though 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 some hints… 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

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 keep… Continue Reading Celebrating Disability Training Style

Flexible Working – Thinking Outside The Box

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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… Continue Reading Flexible Working – Thinking Outside The Box

Supporting your Disabled Employees at Work

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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

Disability Inequality in the Workplace

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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