The Insidious Result of Language

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The Insidious Result of Language

Language surrounding disability has always been a minefield To me, I have always been baffled over the complexity of what people make language to be. When working in the disability charity sector, I was constantly perplexed by the terms that were used to describe disabled people and the help and support that they received. One of the hardest things is… Continue Reading The Insidious Result of Language

8 Lessons To Becoming A Confident Business Owner

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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

Attracting Disabled Candidates

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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

A Culture of Diversity

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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

Does Your Business Really Need to be Accessible?

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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?

Not Another Wheelchair User!

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Not Another Wheelchair User

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!

The Value of Inclusion

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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

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

Disabled person vs. person with… The debate continues

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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

A Graduation on Crutches

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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