3 ways to show your support this Disabilities Awareness Month

Social Personnel is helping celebrate this year’s Disabilities Awareness Month to highlight the barriers those with disabilities still encounter and how we can help improve the workplace to make it more inclusive. Here’s a brief overview of some of the ways in which you can help celebrate Disabilities Awareness Month…

1.Listen to people’s lived experiences 

Learning directly from someone who lives with a disability is arguably one of the best ways to boost awareness in your workplace and improve general practice. Invite those who feel comfortable sharing their experiences, to talk to the team at large. Alternatively, you could do an anonymous questionnaire across the company to find out more about employee needs and areas that need improvement.

2. Educate yourself and others 

Get clued up on different types of disabilities, including how to communicate with and support each individual. This is particularly important as a social worker as you are constantly interacting with people from all walks of life.  

Read and share around this NHS guide which offers useful advice on supporting people with autism and learning disabilities.

3. Ask if your hiring process is inclusive 

Each role you advertise should be accessible to all. This means the job description should use inclusive language (e.g. neutral pronouns, remove jargon etc). The hiring process should also be unbiased and reasonable adjustments should be offered so all candidates can attend. Be very clear about role requirements from the outset – for instance, if it is a job that requires a lot of travel and not much room for flexible working. Remember, these elements may not seem important to you personally, but could be make or break for particular candidates. 

 

Social Personnel believes in equal opportunities for all our candidates. If there’s a role you’d like to know more about, get in touch on 0203 8929 340 – we’d love to hear from you!

carlette Isaac

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