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
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
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!
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
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
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?
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 employers… Continue Reading Flexible Working – Thinking Outside The Box
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.
Access isn’t all physical When people think of disabled access and equality for disabled people, they most commonly think about the physical implications: Ramp or level access into buildings, Accessible toilets, Physical access to public transport and so on… There is no denying that these are important, but when we think of where they come from, they all lead back to… Continue Reading Disabled access in the workplace is all about attitude
According to statistics, 1.3 million disabled people in the UK are available and willing to work. Only half of disabled people in the UK of working age are in work compared to 80% of non disabled people in the UK These figures are staggering when you consider that only 50% of disabled people of working age are in employment. That’s 650,000 people.… Continue Reading Disability: What’s the problem?
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