The BDA Dyscalculia and Maths LD committee plans to produce a leaflet and/or something for the web on the problems people might experience around their dyscalculia in their workplace or in applying for jobs.
It would be very helpful if we could collect some experiences, stories (brief, if possible) and anecdotes.
The Employers Stammering Network is a membership network of employers where Network members and supporters are committed to creating a culture where people who stammer can achieve their full career potential.
Launched in 2013, Employers Stammering Network members employ over 1.5 million people, with employees who stammer playing a leading role
In many workplaces there is little awareness or understanding of the issues that affect the 500,000 adults in the UK who stammer. Since people who stammer may go to great lengths to hide it, their colleagues may not realise what they are going through
Employers rate highly the qualities that people who stammer often possess, including resilience, empathy, listening skills and creativity. However research tells us that a huge stigma surrounds stammering and discrimination is commonplace.
We’re here to change this and show that’s it’s totally OK to stammer at work.
What do we do?
Increase awareness and understanding of stammering, making it possible to speak openly about it
Help members develop and lead internal networks to support positive change and build confidence amongst employees who stammer
Strengthen and develop partnerships between and beyond our members
Share learning and practice and provide mutual member support.
Four examples of activities
Campaign posters to raise interest and challenge stereotypes
With pro bono support from Ogilvy & Mather we have a fantastic set of templates that members have adapted for posters, banners and leaflets.
These feature real individuals who stammer and demonstrate their strengths, why they are an asset to their employers and how both employers and employees benefit from being themselves at work.
EY launched their version to great effect on International Stammering Awareness Day on 22 October 2015.
We have run a very successful series of three workshops for employees who stammer (first series by invitation to members) on Re-defining Stammering at Work. We plan to re-run this
We also offer a workshop for HR, recruitment, diversity & inclusion, line and counselling managers, open to members and non-members (reduced fee for member organisations). This can also be offered in-house to employers by arrangement (fee)
For more information on workshops please contact Helen Carpenter, ESN Membership Manager email@example.com or 020 8983 1003
We hold high-profile networking events for member organisations and supporters
Information and advice
Our dedicated web pages provide a lot of useful information available to all employees and employers stammering.org/esn
We also provide briefing and information packs on stammering and communication at work for members
Do you support the Employers Stammering Network and the British Stammering Association? Six ways to stay in touch
Welcome to our new logo designed by Lizzie Morgan http://lizfolio.wordpress.com/ and our new banner is by Redstart Arts. Redstart formed in 2011. Redstart Arts aims to develop and deliver visual arts for adults with learning disabilities. They act as a platform for artists with learning disabilities, enabling them to work collaboratively with creative professionals to create high quality art, installations or products that have a valued place within the visual and applied arts world. Take a look at their website here http://www.redstartarts.com/about.html
We are extremely proud to showcase these talented designers and artists.
We are planning a blog for disabled people to share their experiences of cultural, museums, historic heritage and sites. This will be available very soon.
To keep up to date with our work, news relating to inclusion in museums, projects and awareness, please follow @museumDCN
Terminology is important, because words reflect our attitudes and beliefs. However, some of the terms we tend to use may not reflect how some disabled people see themselves. Using the right words matters.
This is not about ‘political correctness’ but using wording and language which disabled people and disabled people’s organisations working to promote the social model of disability find acceptable.
Some negative terminology to be avoided includes the following examples
Afflictedwith This conveys a tragic or negative view about disability.
Suffering from This confuses disability with illness and also implies that a disability may be a personal burden. Increasingly, disabled people view their disability as a positive rather that negative experience
The blind Lumping everyone together in this way is felt by many to take away their individuality. The most appropriate term to use here is ‘people with visual impairments’, or ‘blind people’
Victim of This again plays to a sense that disability is somehow a tragedy
Cripple or crippled by Use the term ‘the person has …’
Wheelchair bound Disabled people are not tied into their wheelchairs. People are wheelchair users or someone who uses a wheelchair. A wheelchair offers the freedom to move around and is a valuable tool
Deaf and dumb This phrase is demeaning and inaccurate. Many deaf people use sign language to communicate and dumb implies that someone is stupid. Use ‘a person with a hearing impairment’, or ‘a deaf person’, or ‘sign language user’
The disabled There is no such thing as the disabled. Use the term ‘disabled people’
People with disabilities The term ‘disabled people’ is the preferred term within the social model of disability. ‘People with disabilities’ suggests that the disability ‘belongs’ to the disabled person, rather than ‘disabled person’ which accurately infers that society disables the individual, thus adopting the social model of disability
Handicapped This term is inappropriate, with images of begging and disabled people being cap in hand
Invalid The term literally means not valid
Able bodied The preferred term is ‘non-disabled’. ‘Able -bodied’ suggests that all disabilities are physical and ignores unseen disabilities, and that disabled people are not able
Some phrases are perfectly acceptable. People who use wheelchairs do ‘go for a walk’. It is perfectly acceptable to say to a person with a visual impairment ‘I will see you later’. Deaf people are unlikely to take offence at ‘Did you hear about…’ Common everyday phrases of this kind are unlikely to cause offence.
Redstart Arts aims to develop and deliver visual arts for adults with learning disabilities. We act as a platform for artists with learning disabilities, enabling them to work collaboratively with creative professionals to create high quality art, installations or products that have a valued place within the visual and applied arts world.
Since forming in 2011, our programmes have aimed to foster individual creativity, develop critical thinking and challenge ideas around inclusion and acceptance.