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A night to remember at the National Diversity Awards

By AIDS, biography, Blog, Disability, Diversity, HIV/AIDS, Inclusion, memoir, Storytelling, UncategorisedNo Comments

I was flabbergasted when I learned that I had been shortlisted for the 2019 National Diversity Awards (NDA).

To be one of 124 nominees after a record number of nearly 30,000 people entered, is no small feat.

I had long been campaigning for disability rights after beating the odds to recover from a late diagnosis of HIV back in 2006.  I had been given just two weeks to live; this was a turning point in my life, to say the least.

It spurred me on to set up my own company, Luminate, as a Disability Development Consultant, to raise awareness of HIV and hidden disabilities.

I felt both delighted and humbled to have received a nomination for the Positive Role Model Award for Disability. Read More

Retaining staff with disabilities

By Disability, mental healthNo 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

What is the Disability Perception Gap?

By DisabilityNo Comments

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

12 Days of Disability Christmas

By Disability2 Comments

Christmas is approaching, so in a light hearted post, I thought that I would tell you everything that you need to know about disability and this midwinter celebration. On International Day of People with Disability on 1 December 2017, I encouraged people to think about disabilities for more than just one day a year. So here are 12 facts you might not know about disability – one for each of the 12 days of Christmas – to get you started. Read More

Building a Bridge

By DisabilityNo Comments

3 December 2017 is the UN International Day of People with Disability, marking the 25th anniversary of this day.

The day is about raising awareness of the fact that so many people live with some kind of disability. On the whole they are marginalised and many live in more poverty than they should. Read More