Author: John McDonald

  • Sensory Disabilities

    Sensory Disabilities

    Individuals with sensory disabilities might encounter challenges with vision, hearing, touch, smell, or taste.  This can hinder individuals’ capacity to interact with their surroundings and may generate obstacles across multiple areas such as education, career, and social interactions. There are many different types of sensory disabilities. Some of the most common types include: Blindness – Blindness…

  • 10 Tips for Disability Inclusion

    10 Tips for Disability Inclusion

    Below are 10 tips to create a more inclusive environment and disability inclusion. 1. Be aware of your own assumptions and biases It’s important to be aware of your own assumptions and biases about people with disabilities. We all have unconscious biases but it’s essential to challenge them. For example – You might assume that…

  • Disability Policies

    Disability Policies

    It’s important for companies to regularly review and update their disability policies to ensure they are inclusive and supportive. This includes understanding the needs of employees with disabilities and making accommodations to meet those needs.  To create a live document that grows and adapts within the organisation, companies can seek feedback from employees. This can…

  • Disability Etiquette

    Disability Etiquette

    In society, the code of behaviour of how we interact with people is called etiquette. However, when it comes to interacting with those affected by disability, we can sometimes be unsure of the etiquette to use, this factsheet will help. Communication – When it comes to communicating with a person who is affected by a…

  • Can you define invisible disability?

    Can you define invisible disability?

    It is important to recognise that not all disabilities are visible. Can you define invisible disability? Invisible or hidden disabilities, such as mental health, brain injuries, hearing loss, and autism, can be as debilitating as physical disabilities. Despite the lack of visible symptoms, these conditions can significantly impact an individual’s daily life.  It is crucial…

  • The road to recovery

    The road to recovery

    The road to recovery is a road, on it, you will need to stop and have times to refresh. There will be bumps and delays, there will be times you want to exit and go a different route. If you stay on your road to recovery and have friends, family and professionals to help you…

  • Disability and Disclosure

    Disability and Disclosure

    Disclosure The decision to disclose a disability is a personal choice for individuals affected by a disability. Disclosure can often be beneficial within the workplace, as it allows employers to make reasonable adjustments to support the employee in their work. If there are fixed processes, policies, or procedures in place, it can make the disclosure…

  • Self Care

    Self Care

    Self care is essential for maintaining a good physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It involves taking purposeful actions to care for yourself and others in ways that promote relaxation, stress relief, and overall health. It’s more than just recharging your battery; it’s ensuring you are ready for what life throws at you.  As part of…

  • Disability inclusion shouldn’t be hard work

    Disability inclusion shouldn’t be hard work

    Disability inclusion shouldn’t be hard work. John and Ernie the Eagle do all the work for you and train disability champions. All you need to do is learn from them. We have put together our disability champions training to help embed a disability culture in the organisation. Our informal and informative tea and talk sessions,…

  • Hidden Disabilities

    Hidden Disabilities

    More than 4.4 Million people with disabilities are in the workforce and many are unseen with hidden disabilities. Engagement with people who have disabilities both visible and hidden disabilities may still have a lot of stigma around it. Starting with understanding what terminology to use and having a safe environment to ask sensitive questions. An…