PurpleLightUp – Take part

Ideas for your PurpleLightUp

Over 1 billion people in the world have some form of disability, that's 1 in 7. It can affect any of us at any time in our lives. In a growing global movement, over 160 countries have signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. But there’s still more to be done. True inclusion comes from a world that accepts all human difference.

#PurpleLightUp, powered by PurpleSpace, is a global mark of solidarity. For those who take part, it is their way of signalling one of three things.

#one - Your employer's CEO has signed up to the #Valuable500 movement and / or has agreed to put disability on the board agenda.

#two - Your organisation wants to improve the lived experience of disabled employees and learn directly from its own people via networks all connected through the PurpleSpace community.

#three - You are an ally of our movement and you are supporting our campaign 365 days a year and our commitment to build disability confidence from the inside out.

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.

Please use 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.