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Disability and the Media

Some media, press and even charities portray disability as inspirational, negative, sad or even tragic. But how do people with disabilities really want to be viewed? There is no shortage of famous role models with a disability such as Andrea …

Are you deaf or hard of hearing? If so, you’re not alone

As the title says, for those working in the Civil Service who are deaf or hard of hearing, you’re not alone.  According to the British Deaf Association in 2011, it is estimated, there are 151,000 people in the UK who …

What is it like to have visual impairment?

What is it like to have visual impairment? In 2009, Simon Skerritt, a Ministry of Defence employee, feared a future of blindness when he suddenly lost sight in his left eye. Below Simon recounts his experiences. I have had visual …

Did you know that cancer is classed as a disability under the Equality Act?

Sadly in the UK, one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and around 1 million people of working age, currently have cancer. Given the significant number of people affected (including many thousands of carers and …

Civil Service Year of Inclusion: What inclusion means to me...Rohini Aggarwal

To me, inclusion means being seen for the skilled Civil Servant I am. It means not being reduced to the colour of my skin, my gender, or the combination of both. For this blog, I have been asked to focus …

Hearing loss and Covid: Simon’s and Sue’s experience

Sue Reeves, Chair of the Civil Service Disability Network

Earlier this year, when I shared my experience on working from home during the pandemic, some disabled colleagues observed that a large proportion of civil servants working flexibly, provided new opportunities for greater inclusion and line manager empathy. Conversely, I’m …

Disability History Month 2020: Influencing Change in the Civil Service for 21 Years

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The Civil Service Disability Network has been around for 21 years now. Our remit is to champion disability, remove barriers and influence change. I guess all those years ago, we didn’t think that it would still matter today as much …

My Black History Month memories, heroes, gratitude and the art of paying it forwards

Black History Month (BHM) to me signifies a time of celebrations. Celebrations of the efforts of our heroes past and present, of their efforts expended in driving inclusivity and improving our lived experiences and most importantly it signifies how far …

Making space: Why sponsorship matters

Black History Month is an opportunity to acknowledge the rich, expansive culture, accomplishments and contributions of African and Caribbean men and women in British society. Earlier this year, the death of an African American man - George Floyd - sparked …

Breaking Down the Taboos: Lifting the Lid off Cancer in BAME Communities

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Despite the equal access to the National Health Service, there are more inequalities in cancer morbidity and mortality amongst black women compared to women of other racial and ethnic backgrounds, particularly white women. Below, Zahida Ramzan-Asghar, Senior Lawyer at Government …