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This Disabilities Awareness Month, we thought it was important to discuss how you can support those with disabilities in the workplace and the wider community.
Carry on reading to find out how you can get involved.
Educate yourself and others on the different types of disabilities
As someone who works in social care, you’re going to be interacting with a variety of people with different backgrounds, different needs and different ways of seeing the world. That’s why it’s essential to be clued up on the different types of disabilities so you can communicate with people effectively and professionally.
Check out this useful NHS guide for further insight into supporting people with autism and learning disabilities.
Host an event to raise awareness
If you want to make a difference, education is the place to start. Help improve your workforce’s awareness and understanding of people with disabilities by getting expert speakers to share their wisdom. It is also paramount to hear directly from people with disabilities, so allow those who feel comfortable to share their experiences with the group. Stamp out stereotypes by openly communicating and watch disability inclusion improve drastically.
Raise money for charity
Get your favourite colleagues together and host a bake sale, go for a run or host a charity pub quiz and raise money for a disabilities charity of your choice!
Use #DisabilitiesAwarenessMonth on social media
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #DisabilitiesAwarenessMonth when posting any of your exciting charity-raising escapades on social media.
Review your hiring process
When was the last time you reviewed your hiring process? To make sure the role is accessible to all, the job description should use inclusive language, while the interview process needs to promote equity and equality. For example, ask if the candidate requires any adjustments to attend the interview and make it clear if the role will require long periods of standing, doesn’t offer flexible working etc.
Here at Imperium Resourcing we believe in equal opportunities for all our candidates. Get in touch with our specialist team on 0203 929 4017 today if there’s a role you’d like to discuss in further detail.