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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 …

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 …

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 …

Workplace Adjustment Stories: Bushra's story

Bushra, who works in HMRC is sharing her story on how she has learned to work effectively with what has been a difficult journey through sight loss. Bushra’s story is an important one for us to remember. Whilst many of …

Personal Disability Stories – living with change: David’s story

Deputy Civil Service Disability Champion Ben Merrick introduces David, who talks about living with change as a person with a disability.

Working with a disability during the coronavirus pandemic

Ben Merrick seated in front of his desk and IT equipment in his home

Ben Merrick, Deputy Disability Champion for the Civil Service, considers from his own experience the challenges and opportunities for those with a disability of working during the coronavirus pandemic.

A look back at International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2019

Colleagues from the Health and Safety Executive and the Office for Nuclear Regulation celebrating International Day of Disable Persons and the 25th anniversary of the Equal network for disabled staff

Civil Service Disability Champion Philip Rutnam looks at how departments, agencies, teams and staff networks across government marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities