I Need Coffee

Esi HardyBusiness, Inclusion, TrainingLeave a Comment

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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

Using the experiences of disabled people to create a better service for everyone

Esi HardyAccessibility, Attitudes, Business, Customers, Inclusion, Purple Pound, TrainingLeave a Comment

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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 Workplace & Disability – Mercado Medic – What We Do

Connor BodinAccessibility, Employees, Guest Bloggers, ProductsLeave a Comment

Connor here, UK Account Manager at Mercado Medic UK. I am hoping you may find this article helpful regarding accommodating Disability in the workplace, especially physical conditions that affect mobility around the office. Now from my personal experience with fulfilling workplace assessments for our inclusive seating systems that benefit most, if not all physical disabilities, I find that when it… Continue Reading The Workplace & Disability – Mercado Medic – What We Do

Inclusive Design – Designing For All

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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

Does Your Business Really Need to be Accessible?

Esi HardyAccessibility, Attitudes, Business, Communication, Customers, Employees, Inclusion, Purple Pound, TrainingLeave a Comment

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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?

Accessible toilets – getting it right for your customers

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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

Great Talk TED. A Collection of Esi’s Favourite TED Talks

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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

Is the Best Person Getting The Role?

Esi HardyBusiness, Communication, Employees, RecruitmentLeave a Comment

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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?

A Graduation on Crutches

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

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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