#PurpleLightUp 2018

Purple Light Up 2018

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.

A word about language

At PurpleSpace we talk about disabled employees in a social model context, for example a member of staff is disabled where an inaccessible policy is a barrier to promotion or an inaccessible website is a barrier to recruitment.

We recognise that our members, allies and friends, particularly in other countries across the world, may not feel that this language reflects their experience of disability and so prefer to talk about people or employees with disabilities.

We encourage all members of the PurpleSpace community to talk about disability using the words and language which feel most authentic to you and to respect the choices of others knowing that we are working towards a common goal of inclusion, equality and celebration.

#PurpleLightUp brochure

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.


You can also download a Word version of the brochure here.

How to get involved in #PurpleLightUp

What happens after 3rd December?

If you have been moved by the #PurpleLightUp campaign and want to learn from disabled employees who have learnt how to navigate the experience of ill health or disability, while flourishing at work you can download our free resources.

  • Purple Stories - A guide with practical advice on why, when and how to share your story of disability at work for business and personal gain.
  • Purple Champions & Allies Guide - If you're a business leader or ally who would like advice on supporting the disabled people within your organisation then download our guide of top tips for meaningful change on disability.
  • Virtually Purple - Whether you are in work, or not, and want some tips in using social media to join the new global movement of employees with disabilities then download this free guide.

Contact us

If you'd like to find out more about PurpleSpace or the #PurpleLightUp movement please email us at info@purplespace.org.

As we are leading the global #PurpleLightUp movement on and around 3rd December, this period is exceptionally busy for us so we may take a little longer than usual to get back to you.