Shielding and taking people at face value – Disability in the news

This article in the Guardian is an interesting read. Alex explains he is in constant pain due to a long-standing back condition yet struggles with the idea of using the term ‘disability’.    He mentioned things that students have said to me time and again: the importance of taking people at face value, visual disabilities… Read More Shielding and taking people at face value – Disability in the news

An underused scheme and a determined job seeker – Disability in the news

1 in 5 of the UK working age population are disabled. Yet, last year, only around 35,000 people applied for Access to Work (AtW). That’s less than 1% of the disabled workforce. This is partially explained by the following: most workplace adjustments don’t cost any money to implement it could be that the adjustment needed… Read More An underused scheme and a determined job seeker – Disability in the news

Virtual interview advice in a time of Covid-19

”…Providing some practical (interview) tips for students can make a real difference to them increasing their chances of a successful outcome. This is especially important for neurodivergent students who may have some additional challenges with communication…and increased levels of anxiety.’’ One huge change that has happened during Covid-19 has been the flip to, and necessity… Read More Virtual interview advice in a time of Covid-19

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 employers, disclosure

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 – disability friendly employers, disclosure