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
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
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?
There are many advantages in using a disability mediator to help you resolve conflict. This can arise in family, community or in the working environment and it is particularly beneficial if you feel too intimidated to speak out and make your voice heard. Where the family conflict is about separation, divorce, finances or arrangements for children you would need to… Continue Reading The Advantages of Using a Disability Mediator
Disabled employees do not want to be treated ‘differently’ to others. However, if other members of the team do not understand how best to communicate or an employee with a disability feels inhibited in communicating his or her needs, problems can arise. There are several ways in which an employee with a disability can be supported to provide a solution.… Continue Reading Communication in the workplace for disabled people
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
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?
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
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
There’s no getting away from the language used to describe disabled people. Before you read any further, have a think about the language that springs to your mind when thinking about disability. What did you come up with? There are the words to describe the person: disabled, person with disability, wheelchair user, wheelchair bound, mentally ill. There are words to… Continue Reading So Brave