International Day of Persons with Disabilities

At the STR Group, we like to make sure that everyone feels valued. We embrace diversity and ensure that all our staff are included and supported throughout their career.

We believe inclusion is beneficial to all areas of the business, society and the individual. Therefore, we would like to spread awareness of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). 

This year’s theme is ‘Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 World’. The day has been commemorated throughout the week in conjunction with the 13th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Today, the UN is holding a commemorative event for IDPD 2020, it will host representatives from Member States, UN offices, organisations of persons with disabilities, civil society, and the private sector. They will discuss the importance of the disability-inclusive global policy framework (recently adopted by the General Assembly Third Committee) and its response to COVID-19. They will review the progress of ‘building back better’ and look at the tools available via the UN system. Its ultimate aim is to determine the next steps that civil society and the private sector need to take to ‘build back better’ in a disability-inclusive manner.

We want to encourage others to remove the barriers when it comes to recruitment and progression, and to create a more inclusive workplace that adheres to the needs of people with disabilities.

Disability inclusion improves a company’s ethical business practices, which is becoming increasingly more significant. According to a 2020 survey carried out by Monster, 83% of candidates said that a company’s approach towards diversity and inclusion was important when considering a new employer. 

True inclusion creates and sustains a positive workplace culture. To effectively commit to inclusion, practices must provide support and offer equal opportunities. Inclusion is more than just hiring more people with a disability. 

The Labour Force Survey, April – June 2020, states that there is currently 4.1 million disabled people in work. They, therefore, represent a significant proportion of the talent pool.

These disabilities can include, but aren’t limited to, the following:

  • Chronic pain
  • Fatigue
  • A mental illness
  • Sight or hearing impairments
  • Diabetes
  • Brain injuries
  • Neurological disorders
  • Learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions
“15% of the world’s population, or more than 1 billion people, are living with disabilities.”– WHO, World report on disability Dec 2020

This challenging year has been hard for all of us. The isolating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been especially troublesome for those with a disability.

The impact on the nation’s mental health has been alarming. The pandemic has seen an increase in psychological distress from people with a disability. This has been associated with loneliness and social or economic impacts, as many can’t work in the office due to being considered ‘high-risk’. 

A recent report from Office for Nation Statistics declared that more than two-thirds of adults in the UK (69%) have reported a feeling of worry towards the effects of COVID-19. 

The most common areas affecting a person’s wellbeing are:

WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE 69%, STRESS/ANXIETY 56% or BOREDOM 49%

By providing a better framework, we can have more of a positive impact whilst taking into account and addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Civil society and the private sector can begin to ‘build back better’ in a disability-inclusive manner.

If you require assistance handling your disability and/or mental illness, please contact the NHS or Social Services who are still providing support during the coronavirus. 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

We are still offering support to clients, candidates and colleagues alike. 

References: 

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/healthandwellbeing/bulletins/coronavirusandthesocialimpactsongreatbritain/5june2020

https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-3-december/idpd2020.htmlhttps://hiring.monster.com/employer-resources/recruiting-strategies/workforce-planning/workforce-diversity-for-millennials/

https://www.understood.org/en/workplace/disability-inclusion-work/disability-inclusion-at-work

https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/disability-and-health

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