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Feel the fear and speak up anyway

I’ve read that people are scared of disabled people. Not the people per se, but the disability itself. For me, this statement brings to mind scary cartoon monsters. They are called names like Mad Dog Multiple Sclerosis. Anxiety Annie. Dr Depression. It just seems a touch silly that people are scared of disabilities. Even ones…

Empowering abilities – what you need to know…

I recently read an article that made me grin. Dustin Maynard entitled his article ‘The Secret to Disability Inclusion’. It made a strong impression because everything he said was just so darn true. Disability inclusion isn’t as complicated as people think. Focus on what people can do, rather than what they can’t. Look for strengths…

Invictus Games (in the every day)….

Written by Corporate Engagement Manager, Adam Etherington   Who else has been watching the Invictus Games on the television last week? I’m amazed at the passion, tenacity, courage and determination of the athletes. So much so, that I wrote this blog and dedicate it to the many disabled athletes that the ‘I AM’ logo represents….

Boosting your confidence when job seeking

Confidence is important when job-seeking. If we don’t have confidence in our own abilities, why would we expect a prospective employer to have confidence in them? Unfortunately, being unemployed can make it difficult to remain confident – particularly when we may have faced a number of rejections, or worse, had our CVs completely ignored. This…

Want a welcoming workplace?  Accessibility isn’t just about the physical building.

  Here are 5 things you can do to make your workplace more accessible for disabled visitors. I love to travel and visit new people and places. Planning, not so much. When I am well, travel is my favourite past time. I rarely plan. When I am unwell, it becomes overwhelming and planning is essential….

Anxiety and Accessibility – Is your workplace welcoming?

The words accessibility and workplace usually bring one image to mind: A visibly disabled person, in a wheelchair, trying to access a building. Ramps. Lifts. Revolving doors. For many disabled people, just getting to a venue takes careful planning.  But accessibility comes in many forms.  And can impact upon many conditions. I went to a…

Discussing Disability with a Prospective Employer

Generally speaking, looking for work is the same whether you are disabled or not. You need to find appropriate roles and then prove to the prospective employer that you are the best person for the job. However, if you are disabled, there is the added issue of when and how to talk about this. By…

I’ve Lost My Sight, Will I Lose My Job?

This is a guest post from Daniel Williams from Visualise Training and Consultancy. Will I lose my job if I have lost my vision? With over 200 people being diagnosed every week with an eye condition in work which cannot be corrected by the wearing of glasses or contact lenses, there is a lot of…

A Note to Employers about Unconventional CVs

Will van Zwanenberg talks about his experience of presenting unconventional CVs, and how employers can misinterpret CVs: As a would-be employer, if you received a CV from a job applicant that didn’t include a complete chronology of their past employment history, what would you be likely to think? Would you assume that the candidate had…

Alternatives to Interviews

There is much evidence (e.g. here and here) that interviews are a poor way of assessing a candidate’s abilities to do the job required. We tend to appoint the candidate who is best at selling themselves at interview, rather than the best person for the job. Not all candidates are good at selling themselves (for…

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