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Disability friendly employers

disability symbolDisclosing your disability to any prospective employer is a matter of personal choice. Under the Equality Act 2010, job seekers with disabilities can choose whether or not they wish to disclose.

Many employers are employing applicants with disabilities and health conditions, and striving for greater diversity in the workplace. Good employers recognise that there are advantages to recruiting a diverse workforce.

But how can you identify employers who are likely to be supportive and what steps can you take to positively market yourself?

Read these top tips to find out more:

Top tips

  • Research any employers thoroughly before applying. Take a look at their diversity policy on their website. Check to see if they are a member of the Business Disability Forum.
  • Look for these icons on an employer’s website:
     two ticksmindful employer    business disability forum
      
  • The "two ticks" symbol is the most commonly used on job adverts and application forms to show that disabled applicants are welcome. The logo demonstrates that an employer is particularly positive about employing and retaining disabled people.
  • The Mindful Employer charter demonstrates an employer's commitment to being positive about mental health. The logo "shows that an employer is supportive of conditions such as anxiety and depression".
  • Be open-minded. Keep a positive attitude and be prepared to have your stereotypes challenged.
  • Try to speak to someone who works for the organisation to get a sense of how the organisation operates.
  • If you do disclose your disability, do it in a positive way, focus on your skills and abilities.
  • Your main focus is on demonstrating to an employer your suitability to do the job, so only mention your disability when appropriate and relevant.

Useful links

Business Disability Forum - A not-for-profit member organisation that makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people.

Diversity Jobs – This site only displays jobs from employers who understand the value of building a diverse workforce.

EmployAbility - Not-for-profit organisation dedicated to assisting students and graduates with all disabilities, including dyslexia or long term health conditions, into employment.

Great with Disability – Provides a wealth of information, advice and case studies as well as job adverts from a range of major organisations. 

The Big IDEA - ‘The big I.D.E.A.’ stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, Accessibility – It is the central hub for the diversity industry, forward-thinking employers, and job seekers to communicate. ‘The big I.D.E.A’ is powered by DiversityJobs.co.uk.

Target Jobs – Within their careers advice section, they have a range of useful information related to equality & diversity.

CareerBox – The Options and Opportunities section contains a wealth of useful information related to finding appropriate opportunities.

 

 

Page last updated on Wednesday 2 March 2016 at 3.26pm.

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