S8 02 Disability - Challenging the Soft Bigotry of Lower Expectation

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Julia Streets

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In this Extended Episode, host Julia Streets is joined by Yasmin Sheikh, Founder of Diverse Matters and James Melville-Ross, Senior Managing Director in the Strategic Communications segment of FTI Consulting to discuss disability. During the episode they explore how organisations can empower their workforce to be disability confident through the use of technology and by broadening the diversity discussion. Through their personal stories and experience, Yasmin and James highlight why disability is still perceived as the poor relation in the diversity and inclusion family. Mindful of how working practices have changed as a result of Covid-19, they discuss both the imperative and opportunity of why organisational practices must not and need not return to the way they were.

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