How reasonable adjustments can actually help everyone
Today’s blog is brought to you by Kirsty Major, who currently provides support and training for people who want to develop their English. In the blog Kirsty explores reasonable adjustments and how they can be beneficial for everyone in the workplace.
I set up my own English language teaching business in 2012, and now I make sure that every system in my business is accessible for me as a blind person working with a screenreader. That doesn’t mean that I never need help with anything – things like making sure images on my website are the right size and the right way up. I learned that one the hard way and always check now! But the day-to-day systems for running the business are all set up in a way that I can use them.
This is easy to do when you’re running your own business, but if you get a job in another organisation, there are likely to be challenges to overcome in order to make the working environment more accessible for someone with a disability.
A reasonable adjustment is a change made to the workplace, role, or way that something is done to prevent disabled people from being at a disadvantage to their non-disabled colleagues. In this article, I’d like to tell you about some of the things that we did and some of the suggestions I brought in when I worked for a large organisation during the time before I set up my own business. Actually I held several positions there, so I’ll draw examples from different roles.
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