International Day of People with Disabilities 2019

International Day of People with Disabilities

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Each year, on 3 December, Sodexo recognises the United Nations (UN) International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD). This year, we asked one of our colleagues to present our theme:

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On IDPwD 2019, Sodexo UK & Ireland is launching its first employee network to be focused entirely on disability, welcoming people with disabilities, people who are carers of those with disabilities, as well as allies and supporters.

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Sodexo has released a range of resources to support colleagues in building their knowledge and confidence on the topic of disability. Head to the new disability page (opens in a new window) to download themed safety moments, posters and other helpful tools.

Gemma Kirkman, Business Intelligence Lead, introducing the theme for this year’s campaign, has been learning British Sign Language (BSL) in order to expand her communication skills: “I have wanted to learn BSL ever since my mum learned some sign language in order to communicate with the children that attended the playgroup she ran - some of whom were autistic.

"Being able to communicate and connect with people is so important to me, and learning BSL enables me to connect with so many more people. There is no better feeling than making someone feel included!”

We would love to hear more examples about how Sodexo colleagues anticipate the needs of those with disabilities. Back in September, we commissioned a piece of research into disability and Quality of Life, examining the insights of employees and customers with disabilities – both from inside Sodexo and the general public. The data from around 900 responses is currently being collated, and a full report will be issued in the new year, sharing recommendations built upon those valued insights.

If you have a story to tell about how you work with people with disabilities, we’d love to hear it. Send an e-mail, and we will look to share them back to the business.


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