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Network rail celebrated International Day of Disabled People

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On the 3 December 2018, International Day of Disabled Persons, we celebrated the positive contribution of disabled people by turning Network Rail purple.

Over 1 billion people in the world have some form of health condition or impairment. That's 1 in 7 of us.

To show our commitment to creating a more equal, safe and accessible environment for disabled passengers and colleagues, we took part in #PurpleLightUp.

#PurpleLightUp is a simple, powerful declaration of solidarity by, and with, disabled people.

CanDo, Network Rail’s disabled staff support network, has led our involvement with the international #PurpleLightUp campaign.

Network Rail, together with the rail industry, turned purple - the international colour of disability - in a range of creative ways to celebrate the economic and leadership contribution of disabled employees.

Why did we do it?

By taking part in #PurpleLightUp on the International Day of Disabled Persons, we wanted to play our part in promoting an understanding of disability issues and show our commitment to creating a more equal, safe and accessible environment for disabled passengers and colleagues.

Some of our biggest and busiest stations were lit up purple on the day, and we tweeted the purple sights and sounds under the hashtag #PurpleLightUp.

Stats and Facts

  • Over 1 billion people in the world have some form of health condition or impairment. That's 1 in 7 of us.
  • It can affect all us at any time in our lives.
  • There are over 12 million disabled people in the UK.
  • 86% of all disabled people in UK acquire their health condition or impairment during the course of their working lives.
  • 58% of disabled people feel at risk of losing their jobs due to their disability.
  • 1 in 5 people feel that they need to hide their health condition or impairment from employers.
  • The spending power of the 'purple pound' in the UK is estimated to be worth over £200 billion a year.

 

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