Self-help resources for disabilities

Putting the person first and what it means to be disabled in modern world

Mark Cutter is a freelance disability thinker, researcher, advisor and advocate.  He has studied law, social science, philosophy, psychology and psychoanalysis, and brings these approaches to his work.  He has ongoing lived experience of neurological conditions, physical disability, and mental ill health.  Listen to him speak about his life and how we can better support our colleagues who have a disability here

Sunflower Lanyard for invisible disabilities

The sunflower is a globally recognised symbol for invisible disabilites.  Wearing a sunflower lanyard can discretely let people know that you may need more time, some support or help.  You can request a sunflower lanyard at many Trusts.

More information can be found here

Reasonable Adjustments

Employers have a legal responsibility to make reasonable adjusments at work for staff with a disability.  The Equality Act 2010 defines disability as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term (more than 12 months) negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities. 

Managers should use every opportunity to ask about the need for reasonable adjustments.  This may be during an appriasial, after returning to work after an absence or at a one to one meeting.

More information on reasonable adjustments can be found here

Digital Accessibility

AbilityNet supports people with a disability to use technology to support their goals at work and at home.

Blind Man to Ironman. A conversation with Haseeb Ahmed

As well as working in diversity and inclusion Haseeb is a triathlon gold medallist who set a blind world medal in the ironman triathlon.  Haseeb lost his sight at the age of ten. Listen to him speak here

Support at work – a guide for autistic people

In this guide you will find information and advice if you’re autistic and in work. Read tips for interacting and coping at work, advice on dealing with bullying in the workplace and what the law says about your rights at work.

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