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
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
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
Accessible toilets are not only about extra space For many of us who are disabled, the availability and accessibility of public toilets present a daily barrier. You will have heard about the ever growing popularity of Changing Places: a Changing Place is an evolution of an accessible toilet. A place where there are facilities within to support somebody who needs… Continue Reading Accessible toilets – getting it right for your customers
My journey to equality Over the years, my personal opinions of disability have changed and developed as I, along with my experiences have done the same. As a teenager, I believed and adhered to the medical model of disability; believing that disability was the problem of mine and mine alone. As a result, I had to be grateful when the… Continue Reading The Value of Inclusion
5 talks sharing 1 theme: Disability. Can disability positively impact business and society? Each talk is between 10 and 20 minutes in length so you may like to split them up. One a day should get you through the week. Michele L. Sullivan Asking for help is a strength not a weakness. The power in asking for help from strangers. Maysoon Zayid I’ve… Continue Reading Great Talk TED. A Collection of Esi’s Favourite TED Talks
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
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