Disability & deafness


A question of support

June 18, 2021
How does requiring support for work or everyday life make a person feel? And given that the need for support and help is so universal, why do we find it so hard to ask for it?...
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Feeling switched off?

October 30, 2020

Why working online isn’t always the joyous experience it’s cracked up to be.​

Imagine a meeting. In a room. With other humans. You know – old school from back in the mists of time – say last year. How would we have felt if people had said: ‘You have frozen.’ ‘You sound like a dalek.’ ‘Where did you go?’ ‘You are melting… You l...
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Here is a question for you: Should HR policy development start from: a) legal compliance and risk avoidance or b) a values-based ethos? Difficult, right? I posed this question to a group of post-graduate HR Management students at Leeds Business School recently. This was part...
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This article describes the process and timeline of applying for an Access to Work grant to support a key business trip to Myanmar (Burma) for me as the deaf Director of a thriving and growing social enterprise, Result CIC. The key points: I applied 6 weeks before travelling ...
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In January David Cameron criticised business, universities and the armed forces for their ‘ingrained, institutional and insidious’ attitudes which, he said ‘should shame our nation’. The PM was talking about racial diversity. And his own criticism was immediately ...
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Capping aspiration?

May 29, 2015
Here are few quotes for you: 'I want to give people the chance to fulfil their potential'. (Priti Patel, new Minister for Employment, 27 May 2015)'I truly believe we can make Britain a place where a good life is in reach for everyone who is willing to work and do the ri...
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Rights: getting them right

August 20, 2013
What does the word 'conference' make you think? Long days? Lectures? Feeling you really should ‘network’ with lots of people you don’t know? Me too. But Northampton County Council’s June conference to launch its new Charter of Rights was quite different. Read about w...
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JC: Prime Minister, could you tell us how you think the UK may be missing out by employing so few disabled people in top jobs? DC: My wife likes to say that if you don't have disabled people in the top places, you are not just missing out on 20 per cent of the talent, you ar...
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