Positive Actions for Business about Disabilities and Inclusion

Supporting your 'Business Wheel'

By Jenny Luddington, All Heart Led.  www.heartledjournalcoach.weebly.com

Government statistics cite that 1 in 5 working age adults and almost 1 in 2 people over the state pension age have a disability. While people with disabilities are considered a minority group, there are over 10 million people in the UK with a disability. I have several neurological conditions. I am a person with “hidden” disabilities, and I have volunteered with several national organisations to work towards increasing disability inclusion. As women in business, I know that we all strive to make our services and events as inclusive as possible and I would like to share with you a few suggestions that might help further.

The primary issue that many people with disabilities face is accessibility .

Questions to consider are:

  • Is the venue where your event is held, accessible to people with mobility issues?

  • Is there parking or accessible public transport?

  • Do you encourage a culture of “lift sharing” (this is admittedly more challenging during Covid).

  • Is your event outside and does it include physical activity? If so, what is the terrain like and how can you differentiate physical activity to include all your clients?

Suggestions to help with inclusion:

Communicating the type, length and level of activity and having a pro-active approach can all help with inclusion.

  • Advertising your events well in advance will give people the opportunity to arrange assistance and when booking events ensure that you enquire about any additional needs that people may have for disabilities including visual and hearing impairment as since the 2010 Equality Act it is a legal requirement to provide this support.

  • Make sure that conversations about disability are had within your businesses and at networking groups.

  • Book on some disability inclusion training and ensure that your advertising includes positive images of disability.

This isn’t an exhaustive list; check out this link from Celebrating Diversity for some further ideas and information.

Please get in touch if you would like to connect and discuss these issues at greater depth.

Jenny Luddington, All Heart Led

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