Disability and 'hidden' impairments in the workplace - a toolkit for trade unionists

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The new toolkit is now available to download in English and Welsh from here https://www.tuc.org.uk/DHIWtoolkit

The aim of this toolkit is to provide information to help union officers and reps in Wales to improve disability equality in the workplace and represent disabled members, including those with non-visible or ‘hidden’ impairments. It aims to help reps to address workplace issues and barriers that can create problems for disabled workers.

It provides tools and ideas to help union reps tackle discrimination as well as examples of good practice. This toolkit is also a resource for the Wales TUC’s Disability and ‘Hidden’ Impairments in the Workplace course.

The toolkit and course have been developed by the Wales TUC in response to a survey we carried out which found that many disabled workers want to see a change in the way that disability is treated at work. The Wales Trades Union Congress (Wales TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We want Wales to become a fair work nation.

With 49 member unions and over 400,000 members in Wales, the Wales TUC has a key role in raising issues that affect disabled people in the workplace. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living. Join us.

Disability and ‘Hidden’ Impairments in the Workplace course

This two-day course has been designed for trade union reps and aims to create greater awareness of disability equality issues in the workplace (including issues facing workers with ‘hidden’ impairments).

  • The course is for all union reps and aims to:
  • Raise awareness of the prejudice and stigma that disabled workers can face
  • Help reps identify workplace barriers that negatively impact on disabled workers and understand the importance of the social model of disability
  • Consider workplace policies, cultures and practices that may be discriminatory against disabled workers
  • Consider best practice in terms of workplace policies, practices and reasonable adjustments
  • Support members to disclose their impairments (to access reasonable adjustments)

Work with disabled members to tackle discrimination and campaign for greater disability equality in the workplace. Contact wtuceducation@tuc.org.uk for information about courses running in your area. A supporting eNote (an online briefing for reps) will be available soon at www.tuceducation.org.uk 

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