Leading the Purple Light Up

Leading the Purple Light Up

'Purple Light Up' - Disability networks, resource groups and organisations celebrating the economic contribution of disabled employees for International Day of Persons with Disabilities

PurpleSpace is a vibrant and growing global community of disability change agents made up of disabled employees and disability networks, champions and allies and the organisations that support them.

  • Disabled employees contribute over £16.02 billion per annum in tax
  • 3.6% of businesses have one or more disabled owner, representing roughly 10,700 companies employing 78,000 people
  • A 5% point increase in the disability employment rate would lead to an increase in GDP of £23bn by 2030

At PurpleSpace we observe the annual celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) held on 3 December. IDPD aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of disabled people. It also seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of disabled people in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

The 2017 theme for IDPD is "transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all". Member States are encouraged to strengthen the role of disabled people as agents of change.

And so we had an idea – to encourage our own community of global disability change agents to lead celebrations from the front by creating a Purple Light Up to mark IDPD. We could not have anticipated such a positive response – we have been inundated with requests for information and pledges of support.

So, we are calling on all UK and global disabled employees, employee networks and resource groups, allies, champions and organisations to visibly celebrate the economic and leadership contribution of disabled employees and be part of creating history.

Our briefing paper offers "low-cost, high-impact" ideas, which networks, employers and organisations can use to 'go purple' and celebrate the benefits that flow from challenging dated assumptions about disabled people and shifting to investment in human potential.

Download the Purple Light Up briefing paper here

Purple Light Up pledges

We are delighted to have already received pledges of support from organisations and employers committed to going purple including those listed below. To see our full 'Purple Light Up' roll-call click here.

Join those who have already pledged their support including:

  • Barclays
  • BP
  • Cardiff Council
  • Delsion
  • Disabled Police Association
  • National Association of Disabled Networks (Universities & Colleges)
  • Government Departments
  • E.ON
  • EY
  • Fujitsu
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • KPMG
  • NHS Employers
  • Public Health Wales
  • Wales Millennium Centre

If you’d like to pledge your support or tell us what you’ll be doing to join the #purplelightup please email vanessa@purplespace.org