Paralympics, YouTube and fashion models – Disability in the news

Classification has long been a contentious issue within Paralympic sports. Recent news stories have circulated about wheelchair basketball athletes who have been affected by rule changes, ahead of the Tokyo Paralympics: https://www.itv.com/thismorning/articles/the-paralympians-told-theyre-not-disabled-enough-to-compete Working in Universities, we are very mindful of the need for webinars and meetings to be accessible for all. Community captions have been… Read More Paralympics, YouTube and fashion models – Disability in the news

When the adjustments need adjustments: managing the COVID-19 work from home challenges

Careers Consultant, Viki Chinn, reflects on the challenges faced as a disabled individual in a time where COVID-19 has changed the way we work and collaborate: Before COVID-19 I wonder what I would have said if someone had told me six months ago that there would be a period of time, in the not too… Read More When the adjustments need adjustments: managing the COVID-19 work from home challenges

Everyday disability terms explained

Disability-friendly employer Disability-friendly employers are organisations that are serious about equality & diversity. They will have structures in place to ensure that their disabled employees feel welcomed and valued. Some-such employers will be signed up to schemes and initiatives or perhaps have their own staff disability network. These companies often display disability-related logos on their… Read More Everyday disability terms explained

As we begin to go back to work, what should we be aware of?

Government guidance on returning to the workplace is to change from 1 Aug. This could result in more people going back into work, a daunting prospect for some. Capacity is set to increase on public transport to absorb the increase in passengers. Employers ought to be implementing austere sounding ‘covid-secure measures’ to make sure spaces… Read More As we begin to go back to work, what should we be aware of?

Face masks, video games, and Hollywood – Disability in the news

Wearing face coverings on public transport in England is, for now, the new reality. But, where are all the transparent face masks? https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/16/charities-for-deaf-people-call-for-more-see-through-face-masks https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-52764355 Given we are using video platforms (Teams, Zoom, Panopto, Blackboard Collaborate etc.), more and more in our day-to-day life, it’s important that we are aware the platforms’ accessibility features. As a… Read More Face masks, video games, and Hollywood – Disability in the news

How you can support students with an acquired disability

Working in roles within University Professional Services, we can find ourselves as the people students talk to about their disability. While some students will have had a disability since childhood, others may have just discovered they have a disability/ies. Supporting students with recently acquired disabilities is something I have been thinking about of late, so… Read More How you can support students with an acquired disability

Five questions for Helen Cooke, CEO & Founder of MyPlus

Helen, what 3 tips would you give to an employer who is trying to attract more disabled applicants?  Engaging with students / recent graduates who have a disability isn’t hard, however employers need to be proactive and to position themselves as employers of choice to this talent pool by: 1. Articulating the organisation’s approach to… Read More Five questions for Helen Cooke, CEO & Founder of MyPlus

EmployAbility Webinars for disabled students

Following on from our post on April 29th links to the Next Generation Inclusive Thinking webinars for disabled students run by EmployAbility can be found here. Cindy McAlister from Employability has also shared some FAQs they’ve received – 1. At what stage of the recruitment process should I disclose my disability?  You don’t have to… Read More EmployAbility Webinars for disabled students

Preparing for virtual assessment centres

As part of their response to the COVID-19 situation, many graduate employers have moved their recruitment activities more online, including assessment centres. Online (otherwise known as ‘virtual’) assessment centres involve completing a series of activities virtually where the employer will assess your performance against their criteria. These activities can include interviews, in-tray exercises, group work… Read More Preparing for virtual assessment centres