Over 1 billion people in the world have some form of disability, that's 1 in 7. It can affect all us at any time in our lives. In a growing global movement over 160 countries have signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. True inclusion comes from a world that accepts all human difference, where people demand their voices to be heard. #PurpleLightUp will unify a global call to action.
On 3rd December 2017 in response to a casual tweet from our CEO Kate Nash OBE, major corporations and government buildings in countries across the world lit up purple or flew a purple flag to celebrate the economic power of disabled people across the globe.
These organisations included: EY, HM Treasury, Fujitsu, Ministry of Defence. Barclays launched a purple allies programme. At the University of York disabled staff network members turned their wardrobes purple and Cleveland Police Force illuminated eight of their buildings.
This year we invite everyone to join us as we go #BiggerBolderBrighter on 3rd December 2018, it also happens to be a great way to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
We've put together a brochure explaining the aims and history of the #PurpleLightUp movement, examples of how our members and partners are getting involved and some ideas to get you started.
Please download your copy of the brochure by clicking the image below and share far and wide, as we want as many disabled employees, organisations and allies as possible help us to celebrate and recognise the economic contribution of disabled people across the globe.
How to get involved in #PurpleLightUp
- Make your pledge and tell us how you will be joining #PurpleLightUp
- Check out the #PurpleLightUp merchandise catalogue
- Download our #PurpleLightUp logo and other free resources
- Have a look at our #PurpleLightUp shopping list of ideas
- Find out how our CEO Kate Nash OBE sparked the idea with a simple tweet
- Follow our dedicated #PurpleLightUp Twitter and Facebook accounts