This month is disability employment month

It’s a time to raise awareness for any discrimination you can see in the workplace and make positive changes where you can in order to be more inclusive for those with disabilities. But how can you go about doing that? Below are some ideas for bringing inclusivity to your workplace, and what to do if you see any discrimination taking place towards disabled workers.

Disability Employment Awareness Month History

Celebrating workers with disabilities, this awareness month began in America and has slowly started a celebration throughout the world. Mostly, it’s a time to ensure your workplace is inclusive and allows those with disabilities to work in an environment that they feel comfortable in.

Disability Definition

Under the Equality Act of 2010, you’re classed as disabled if you have a physical or mental impairment that is long-term and that affects your ability to do everyday tasks. This includes chronic illnesses and mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

Creating an Inclusive Workplace

So, how do employers create an environment that includes those with disabilities, and ensures they are comfortable in the space they are given to complete said work? It may be more than simply including Stairlifts in your office. Ensuring you offer an equal chance for employment opportunities is one way to start. Other ways of creating an inclusive work environment is to offer discussions over sickness and absence when it comes to disability. Some individuals may need time off in order to take hospital appointments. Always be open with our employees and listen to their needs. This consideration alone is a big plus for inclusivity.

Disability Discrimination & How to Spot it

Discrimination can come in many forms, including:

  • Harassment
  • Victimisation
  • Indirect Online Abuse

If you are treated as less of a person, or you see someone treating another person this way, it’s important to take it further. This can either be to your boss or to another outside agency such as ACAS, who offer guides and help to those who need it.

 

*This is a collaborative post

Guest post by Gina Kay Daniel on behalf of Millercare.

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