Monday 3 December marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The theme this year is empowering people with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.
Jane Hatton, the founder of Evenbreak, an award-winning social enterprise run by and for disabled people, highlights in her new blog the business case for employing disabled people. Jane said, "It’s important to start thinking of disabled people as a largely untapped source of talent which brings much value with it. Despite the myths about disabled people, the reality is quite different. Research shows that on average, disabled people have lower sickness absence and stay in their jobs longer."
The #PurpleLightUp campaign celebrates the economic contribution of disabled people across the globe. Paul Deemer, head of diversity and inclusion at NHS Employers has recently become a #PurpleLightUp ambassador. Paul said, "The NHS is well aware of its duty to promote and raise awareness of disability inclusion and I know that the support of the NHS in a campaign like #PurpleLightUp will have great significance. I encourage NHS organisations across England and the wider UK to embrace the campaign and go purple."
You can find out more about the campaign in Paul's blog.
Next year, the NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard will take effect and will require NHS organisations to measure the extent to which the experiences of disabled and non-disabled staff differ. This information will then be used by organisations to develop a local action plan, and enable them to demonstrate progress against the indicators of disability equality.
NHS Employers has a number of tools and resources to help support people with disability in the workplace, including guidance on recruiting people with learning difficulties, how to be an effective disability confident employer and how to support disabled apprentices.