Making your organisation as accessible and inclusive as possible is a laudable aim, and one that increasing numbers of organisations are now recognising the importance of. There are, of course, many organisations that will offer support and guidance in this area (we particularly recommend Kate Nash for help with Disabled Employee Networks and Purple for help with becoming Disability Confident).
If you aren’t already a member of Business Disability Forum, now might be a good time to consider it. They are a not-for-profit member organisation that makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people. They have more than twenty years experience of working with public and private sector organisations (formerly known as the Employers’ Forum on Disability). Their members employ almost 20% of the UK workforce and, together, they seek to remove the barriers between public and private organisations and disabled people. They are a key stakeholder for both business and government, and have contributed to the establishment and development of meaningful disability discrimination legislation in the UK.
Services offered to members are excellent, and include a valuable advice service with guidance offered always tailored to your situation
They also offer consultancy services to help you put in place robust policies and procedures that will equip your line managers and other colleagues to avoid or minimise risk before it arises and strengthen your disability-smart approach to working with disabled employees and customers.
Their learning and development offers will provide your colleagues with the skills and confidence to help ensure that a disability-smart approach is embedded in your organisation’s daily practice.
There is no virtue in trying to do everything from scratch, and learning from experts, and your peers who are on the same journey, can save a lot of time and effort. It may well be worth having a chat with the lovely people at BDF to see if your organisation might benefit.
Oh – and before I forget – BDF members have a 10% discount from unlimited advertising with Evenbreak, as we have a strategic alliance with them! What’s not to like?
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