Go Purple! and get involved
Our members represent Disability Employee Networks / Resource Groups across the world. By working for organisations who understand the value of learning directly from disabled people, all PurpleSpace member organisations automatically have the right to display the '#PurpleLightUp' logo on their websites, email, and social media.
We love the fact the so many members and allies have embraced the celebratory aspect of #PurpleLightUp, we should share our successes and acknowledge those employers who make it easier for us to be our best selves at work.
At the same time, we encourage our members to take a 'low on resource – high on impact' approach to taking part.
If you are using some of your network/resource group budget to get involved in #PurpleLightUp make sure that it delivers an outcome that will improve the working lives of your disabled colleagues. For example, educate your colleagues and employer about the value of networks and resource groups through a storytelling campaign or launch a company-wide mental-well being initiative on or around 3rd December.
If your organisation is able to make a big bold statement and turn your head office or flagship store purple - then go for that approach too. Whatever you do, get creative and have fun and for some inspiration take a look at our merchandise page.
#PurpleLightUp started off from a single tweet from PurpleSpace CEO Kate Nash OBE back in 2017 and the best way to get involved is still by taking to the social media airwaves, sharing your stories and photos using #PurpleLightUp on and around 3rd December. We'll be particularly active on Twitter and Instagram.
Make a pledge and help to drive change on disability inclusion
#PurpleLightUp does, of course, offer a great opportunity to take a direct action to drive change on the disability inclusion agenda. We have come up with one of two ways that your organisation can take part and feature on our 2019 #PurpleLightUp pledge page along with our members.
- One - Your organisation has signed up to The Valuable 500 OR agreed to put disability on the board agenda AND made the additional commitment to improve business inclusion by learning directly from disabled employee/customer networks and resource groups.
Two - Your organisation is not yet part of the PurpleSpace community but already has a Disability Employee Network or Resource Group. You want to use #PurpleLightUp to make a public commitment to improving disability inclusion by launching a new webpage or social media account profiling your disability network/resource group/inclusion agenda.
Three – If you're an ally of our movement (a disabled person, parent of a disabled child, a professional working with disabled people) and like what we're about and want to support our mission to build disability confidence from the inside out then the next commitment is for you. Take an action based around the colour purple, to grab people's attention (give out purple badges, dress up in purple, have a purple cake sale) and give out ONE simple piece of advice to help to improve disability inclusion. For example:
- Share why disability inclusion is important to you
- Explain why it's ok for people with non-visible disability to use accessible toilets
- Promote a quiet space in your office/shop/club for people who find noise or crowds difficult to deal with
- Give your favorite tip for making social media more inclusive such as adding descriptions to photos you share