International Day of People with Disabilities marks the advancements made for people living with mental ill-health, long term health conditions, neurodiverse conditions or a disability.
It is estimated that 13.9 million people in the UK are living with a disability, yet only 3.4million of these people are in employment. A 10 % rise in the employment rate amongst disabled adults would contribute an extra £12 billion to the Exchequer by 2030. Likewise, the spending power of people with disabilities, known as the ‘purple pound’, is estimated to be £249bn.
Based on this data, all businesses should realise the economic power behind this demographic. Whilst many do, many lose out. In 2016, inaccessible websites and apps accounted for an estimated £11.75bn in lost revenue in the UK alone - that is almost 10% of the projected total UK online spend in 2016.
We are marked International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD) by:
Lighting up our buildings in Cambridge, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds and London in purple – keep your eyes open, take a pic and tweet on social media using #PurpleLightUp.
Asking you to #TryOneThing for IDPD – start today and sign up as a Purple Champion! Details how to do so are in the sidebar.
Giving out purple chocolates in every office kitchen areas as a thank you for supporting the day
Check out the International Day of People with Disabilities Toolkit with the #TryOneThing toolkits, podcasts, videos and brochures to enable you to be Purple Champion. Click here to find the resources.
EY Employees can also sign up as a Purple Champion!
Purple Champions are individuals who are supportive advocates for our EY people with disabilities. They help to create safe and inclusive environments and support employees through their words and behaviour.