Home Office disAbility December starts with International Day of People with Disabilities
Every year on 3rd December we celebrate the International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD). This global event celebrates the achievements of people living with disabilities and to recognise the challenges people face.
In the Home Office, IDPD marks the start of a year-long programme of disability awareness building, involving events, blogs & videos. Look out for stories on the Home Office Instagram channel - ukhomeoffice.
This year’s theme for IDPD is empowering people with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness. The Home Office diversity and inclusion strategy "Inclusive by Instinct" pledges to get workplace adjustments right to help enable people with a disability to feel fully included in their teams and to help line managers to become more confident about disabilities; these are two of the ways in which we will realise the aims of IDPD.
Following the establishment in September of the workplace adjustments team, more than 200 Home Office staff have contacted the team for support with workplace adjustments. The next step is to advise line managers they have authority to approve any workplace adjustment up to £1500 where it is required to support a team member. This will cover the cost of most adjustments including specialist chairs. The team is currently working with Commercial and Finance colleagues to make procuring most items of furniture more efficient and quicker for everyone.
Sue Saunders of the Diversity and Inclusion Team in Home Office HR which is responsible for workplace adjustments said:
“Workplace adjustments are so important. They can be practical changes but they also need cultural changes as well. We should all remember that a disability does not define a person and differences need to be embraced as part of our vision for a truly inclusive workforce”
Working with Able, the Home Office staff support network for people with a disability, and with external advice from the Business Disability Forum, revised guidance on workplace adjustments will be issued in the new year.
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