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November 2017

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Attitudes and an Inclusive Workplace

By | Accessibility, Business, Workplace | No Comments

It’s very easy to promise that the government will get 1 million disabled people into work over the next 10 years. This is just really a re-working of their previous claim about bridging the disability employment gap.

We feel that there are a number of underlying issues with this, mostly are to do with attitudes in the workplace. Many companies claim to be inclusive, but what does that really mean? Being inclusive for one person with a specific impairment does not mean that you’ll be inclusive for someone else. There is not one easy fix, but the key here is to assess what needs to change in your organisation first, before thinking about encouraging more disabled people into your company. There are many ways you can look at inclusion, and we believe that the attitudes of staff is one of the key elements.

We have written a number of ‘How to’ guides on our website which give you some helpful hints and tips on how to be inclusive. In the first instance you should read this:

How to actively recruit disabled people which gives you an insight on how to make your employment process more inclusive. Along with that article this one on creating an accessible advert will also give you some helpful tips.

More of our FREE workplace guides can be found here:

http://enhancetheuk.org/enhance/free-resources/

So whilst we applaud the government for taking steps to acknowledge that more needs to be done to encourage disabled people into work, the first steps should be to make sure organisations are being inclusive. It’s not difficult to change the attitudes of your staff, but this is often overlooked for other more tangible aspects. So why not get in touch with us to find out how we can help your organisation become more inclusive, we offer a range of training that will give your staff the confidence to communicate and interact with disabled people.

http://enhancetheuk.org/enhance/training/disability-awareness-training/

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Love Lounge – Struggling to keep up in conversation

By | Disability, Emily Yates, The Love Lounge | No Comments

Hi Love Lounge!

I’m hard of hearing, but work a lot in the hearing world. I’m finding that I’m getting more and more tired in social situations and am struggling to keep up with what’s going on. It’s bringing me down a bit, and it’d be good if my boyfriend (who is hearing) could help me out a bit. Any advice? Thanks!

Chloe

 


 

Hi Chloe!

And thanks so much for writing into us! Two of my colleagues are hard of hearing and profoundly Deaf respectively, so I’ve asked for their advice on this one! Both of them said that they have very similar issues (Jennie, our CEO, has just had a lovely little girl too, so she’s finding things doubly tough at times!) and have told their partners that the best Christmas present ever would be if they could learn a few simple signs in BSL, just to key them into conversations when the tiredness is kicking in. As Christmas is coming up, perhaps you could get your boyfriend an introductory BSL course as a cheeky push in the right direction?!  I’m sure you’ll find that it will improve the communication and connection between you no end, and in all areas of life. Best of luck!!

Em X

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