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Retaining staff with disabilities

By | Disability, mental health | No Comments

Did you know … it can cost up to £30,000 to recruit a new member of staff in the UK, including the cost of loss recruiting and training a new employee and the loss of productivity while a replacement employee gets up to speed? It is believed that employees with disabilities will stay with you longer than most, helping you to reduce your recruitment costs. Read More

Let Me Tell You Story

By | Inclusion, Storytelling | No Comments

Did you know … a story is defined as an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment; or a report of an item of news in a newspaper, magazine or broadcast.

Stories have the ability to empower both the story teller and the people who hear the story. How does this work? How can you become empowered through telling your story? How can you empower other people through hearing your story?

Recently I’ve been asked to do a lot of storytelling. This tradition goes back to the beginning of time, so I thought that I would use this issue of Search Light to share how you too can use the power of telling stories.

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How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday?

By | HIV/AIDS | No Comments

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.” So said Coco Chanel.

I’ve had another birthday this year. Not an unusual occurrence; it happens once a year. Most people experience the same thing. According to the World Population Clock I probably share this birthday with about 20,535,940 other people. That’s a lot of people! So I’m not alone. But perhaps what is a little bit more special about my birthday to me is that I shouldn’t be here. As I count down (or up?) to the fast approaching next big one, each birthday becomes more of a time for reflection than for a merry round of social activities. Read More

What is the Disability Perception Gap?

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How other people think about you and act towards you can have a huge impact on how you view yourself and your role in society. An occasional moment of rudeness or being ignored may be a minor inconvenience or annoyance. But the more it happens, the more the impact adds up. And what if the negative attitudes and behaviours you experienced were not recognised by large numbers of people around you as being a problem? Despite progress made over the last two decades, this is still the case for disabled people in Britain today. Read More

Ripples - From The Edge Of Life

Ripples From the Edge of Life

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When I received my life-changing diagnosis some years ago, it did just that – it changed my life. You may never have to deal with a life-changing diagnosis yourself, but if you do, or if someone close to you does, how will you cope?

My new book, which I’m thrilled to say was launched in London on 2 May, is the story of how I have coped. I’m also honoured to be able to include the stories of many other inspiring people, who have been through something similar.

Here are a few tips that will help, if you ever find yourself or a loved one in a similar position. Read More