James Taylor (Head of Policy Public Affairs and Campaigns, SCOPE)
How do you define your disability?
Spina Bifida since birth. It’s a condition that has an impact on mobility.
How does your company promote and support disability in the workplace?
Scope are a disability charity. We won’t stop until we achieve a society where all disabled people enjoy equality and fairness. At home. At school. At work. In our communities.
We guarantee interviews for disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for our jobs. We promote and encourage flexible working wherever possible.
We listen to our disabled employees and volunteers and, as a result, have developed, with them, new ways of working and projects that enable disabled people to thrive and progress at work.
Everyone who works at Scope will receive disability equality or awareness training. We share our knowledge and we learn from other employers.
What words of encouragement would you give to disabled people looking to find success in the workplace?
The most important piece of advice I’d give is to be yourself. While some employer’s attitudes are behind the times, there’re many whose are not. If you don’t feel you can be yourself, there’ll be plenty of places where you can be.
Many employers know having a diverse workforce makes them a better organisation. I’d always look for information on disability and inclusion on a company website or in their recruitment materials.
Remember, it’s always up to you whether to talk about your disability, and you shouldn’t feel you have to.
There’s a lot of helpful guidance from disabled people out there.
Where can people find out more?