5 ways to make Purple Tuesday your catalyst for change
Purple Tuesdaytakes place on the first Tuesday of November each year and serves as a celebratory day, promoting accessibility and inclusivity.
AbilityNetsupports Purple Tuesday , as we strive to ensure and promote digital inclusion in all we do.
Here are 5ways to make Purple Tuesday your day to celebrate and commit to disability inclusion:
1. Attend a free webinar: 12 Scams of Christmas
As part of AbilityNet‘s Digital Skills project with BT Group to support people 65 + with getting online and using technology, we are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 12 December , 1pm GMT .
In the webinar learn how to protect yourself from the most common online scams that can be especially rife around the festive season. Encourage and help others to attend who might not already be familiar with registering for online meetings and events – log on, bring a friend, relative or client!
Register for scams webinar
2. Download Easy Read factsheets
Get support from AbilityNetvia our guidance about getting online and using tech to benefit both disabled people and older people. Access our Factsheets, My Computer My Way to help you with a range of tech queries. Our most popular factsheets are available in Easy Read format.
You can also find useful resources if you’re an employer looking to develop your inclusive practices, such as how to promote diversity and inclusion. You can also learn about reasonable adjustments with our free resources and case studies.
Access our What are Reasonable Adjustments? factsheet
Reasonable adjustments at work apply to all workers, including trainees, apprentices, contract workers and business partners. Reasonable adjustments are also referred to as Reasonable accommodations, particularly in the USand Ireland . Employing disabled people is good for business.Reasonable adjustments at work apply to all workers, including trainees, apprentices, contract workers and business partners. Reasonable adjustments are also referred to as Reasonable accommodations, particularly in the US and Ireland .
3. Speak to your employer about becoming DisabilityConfident
Disability Confident is creating a movement of change, encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people.
AbilityNetis proud to be a Disability Confident Leader: This program provides training and support to leaders in business and government to help them create a more inclusive workplace for people with disabilities.
If your organisation isn’t yet Disability Confident, find out more about the scheme via Gov. UKand encourage your workplace to make positive changes.
4. Establish accessible recruitment and customer service practices
Watch our free webinar ‘How Microsoftdoes accessible, inclusive recruitment’ for great ideas about what you should expect from potential employers and how your organisation can boost its inclusive recruitment policies and practices.
You might also benefit from formal, great value training about recruitment. AbilityNetoffers an eLearning course for all employees, plus an online training course for your team.
5. Don’t forget about customer services
There are 1.3 billiondisabled people in the world that represent 17% of the population, and 75% of disabled people and their families have walked away from a business because of poor accessibility or customer service.
So don’t forget about ensuring accessible customer services. AbilityNetcan advise about the unintentional barriers that can impact the customer experience and suggest immediate changes to make sure your customer services processes cater to the widest audience.
Disability Inclusion Gap Analysis
Having a clear picture of where you are now with disability inclusion, and a roadmap to move forward, will transform your ability to make meaningful progress.
Sign up to our upcoming free course about Having a clear picture of where you are now with disability inclusion, and a roadmap to move forward, will transform your ability to make meaningful progress.Sign up to our upcoming free course about How to build a disability inclusive workplace
Can you help others get online?
Do you have some spare time available to help people in your community learn basic computer skills?
You don’t need to be a tech guru to help as an AbilityNetTech Volunteer. Typical help requests for a volunteer include:
Helping someone set up an email account
Showing someone how to use online video calling via WhatsAppor Zoom
Setting up a new device and connecting it to the internet
Giving advice on anti-virus protection and internet safety
Changing basic device settings to make it easier to us
Become a Tech Volunteer
How AbilityNetcan help you
AbilityNetprovides a range of free services to help disabled people and older people.
Call our free tech helpline on 0800 048 7642.
Access free factsheets about technology. Topics include voice recognition and keyboard alternatives.
My Computer My Way: a free interactive guide to all the accessibility features built into current desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
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